A ruling Awami League leader of Comilla, who was abducted by armed men from near his home in the capital’s Lalmatia area Friday afternoon, was found in Purbachal area of the city at night.
Parvez Hossain Sarker, a former chairman of Comilla’s Titas upazila, was abducted about 1:45pm when he was returning home after offering Jumma prayers, according to police and eyewitnesses.
Parvez’s cousin Fahad Bhuiyan told New Age early
Saturday that Parvez phoned his relatives about 10:00pm on Friday from an unknown number and asked not to be worried as he was ‘safe and in good condition.’
‘About half an hour later, he (Parvez) again phoned us and informed that he was standing near Kanchan bridge of Purbachal 300 feet area where someone had dropped him. He asked us to pick him and take him home,’ he said.
‘He, however, could not say who abducted him or who dropped him,’ Fahad said.
Fahad said that they along with the police took Parvez to their home about 12:30am on Saturday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s assistant commissioner (Mohammadpur) Mrityunjay Dey told New Age that they, on information, ‘rescued’ Parvez from Purbachal 300 feet area.
He, however, did not detail who abducted the AL leader and why.
Parvez has been trying to secure Awami League nomination to contest the upcoming general election from Comilla-2 constituency, according to his family and relatives.
He is currently Awami League president of Comilla North.
Mohammed Amir Hossain, Jatiya Party lawmaker from Comilla-2, told New Age that Parvez was active in politics and preparing to contest the JS polls from the constituency.
‘He, however, hardly visits his area as there have been intra-party conflicts,’ said the lawmaker.
The victim’s family members said that hearing the abduction news, Parvez’s friend Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury, an independent lawmaker from Faridpur-4, rushed to the place and later approached home minister Asaduzzaman Khan to know his whereabouts.
A missing complaint was recorded and messages were circulated through wireless system across the country, said sub-inspector Modhusudan Majumdar at Mohammadpur Police Station Friday evening.
Parvez was returning from Lalmatia Minar Mosque after Jumma prayers when a group of men tucked him away in a SUV at the gates of his house.
Parvez’s cousin Fahad Bhuiyan told New Age that at least four men in plainclothes, with walkie-talkies and guns, abducted his cousin from near the gates of the house. He added that the gunmen were all around 35 years of age.
The family members and eyewitnesses said that one man shook hands with Parvez while another man, from his back, tapped his mouth and dragged him to the black SUV.
There was a little scuffle as he was taken to the SUV which left the place hurriedly.
Fahad said that they had collected CCTV footage of nearby buildings, which also recorded how he was dragged to the SUV.
The SUV was bearing the number Dhaka Metro Gha 14-2577.
Family members said that Parvez’s car came under attack at Batakandi under Titas last year and thereafter he stopped visiting his village home.
Parvez used to move along with his bodyguards but on Friday he was returning home alone.
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