Family blame RAB-1 for film-maker’s disappearance

RAB additional DG denies involvement

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:30, Jun 19,2019 | Updated: 02:07, Jun 19,2019


The family of film-maker Syed Iftekhar Alam Sourav on Tuesday evening on a Facebook Live again blamed the Rapid Action Battalion-1 for his disappearance from in front of a Chattogram market on June 9.

The family said that those who interrogated blindfolded Syed Iftekhar in English after peeking him up from his Banani house in Dhaka on May 16 identifying them as battalion-1 members were behind his latest abduction.

Syed Ifterkhar was an associate producer of Bengali Beauty, a Bangladeshi romantic period comedy film written and directed by Rahsaan Noor.

His disappearance triggered huge social media criticism as his uncle former state minister for home Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj continued social media campaign to find him out.

Sohel Taj on Tuesday in his Facebook Live announced that he would continue his campaign. 

He said his nephew was tracked on May 16 through mobile tracker and ‘only elite force used those trackers.’

The battalion’s additional director general (operations) Colonel Jahangir Alam acknowledged to watching the Facebook Live on Tuesday evening and told New Age, ‘None of the units or members was involved in his disappearance.’

The family said that they submitted an application to the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence in Chattogram detachment on June 10 seeking its cooperation.

The home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan, at a briefing at the ministry on Tuesday Secretariat said that the nephew of Sohel Taj would be traced out.

‘Someone might have picked him up or he might have gone somewhere. He will be traced no matter where might be,’ he said.

Iftekhar’s mother Syeda Yasmin Arjuman on Tuesday said that his son was asked to go to a restaurant called Terakota in Chattogram and the callers said they would be there as they offered him an IT-related job.

‘But,’ she said, ‘In fact the restaurant was closed on the day.’

Yasmin said her son was picked up and interrogated by two intelligence agencies—Directorate General of Forces Intelligence and National Security Intelligence—police and the battalion on separate occasions since February 7 which the family considered as the result of affairs between Saurav and a businessman’s daughter.

Panchlaish police station officer-in-charge Abul Kashem Bhuiyan said that they were investigating the missing complaint.

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