Missing IT professional found in Bogura jail, says family

Another comes home after three months

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:00, Aug 06,2019


An IT professional was found in Bogura jail nearly three and a half months after he went missing at the capital’s Pallabi while returning home on April 1, the family said on Monday.

His family alleged that the law enforcement agencies kept Dhaka University graduate Kamrul Hasan in a ‘secret’ detention room until July 16.

His father, retired warrant officer Rustam Ali, said his son was showed arrested at the Sathmatha in Bogura district headquarters around 6:30am on July 16 over suspicious movement.

‘Later, we came to know he was also showed arrested in a pending case regarding extremist link filed with Sherpur Police Station in Bogura,’ the father said.

Kamrul, who started a new IT venture at Mirpur DOHS after his trouble with an IT giant in Dhaka, went missing while returning home in the capital’s Pallabi on April 1.

Rustam filed a general diary with Pallabi police station stating that Kamrul was returning home after leaving his newly set up office at Mirpur DOHS.

Kamrul texted to his wife around 10:45pm that he was returning home but he did not show up, Rustam wrote in the diary. Pallabi Police Station sub-inspector Mominur Rahman was investigating the missing complaint. 

On Monday, Mominur told New Age that Kamrul was arrested in Bogura and was now in district jail in a case related to extremism.

Sub-inspector Mominur Rahman said the victim was suspected of cyber bullying blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in 2013. Blogger Rajib was killed in February 2013 and a Dhaka court awarded death penalty on December 31, 2015 to two of the accused and sentenced six others of Ansar Al Islam to jail of different terms for killing Rajib.

Bogura’s additional police superintendent Sonaton Chakraborty, who looks after the extremism related cases in Boruga, claimed he was not aware of the arrest.

The family said the district detective branch arrested him but the DB officer-in-charge Aslam Ali could not remember the incident when he was approached just three weeks after the incident.

The Bogura police station officials also could not give details of his arrest.

Meanwhile, another IT professional Ataur Rahman Shahin, who was abducted from the city’s Tejgaon area just a month after Kamrul Hasan went missing, returned home early Monday on a CNG.

The family members said he knocked at the door of his Mirpur home at the ungodly hours of 1:30am.

They said that Ataur, 38, an assistant general manager at the Bengal Glass Works Limited at Tejgaon in Dhaka, was hustled into a microbus on Gulshan-Tejgaon link road on May 2 when he was waiting for a ridesharing service at about 8:00pm.

A man identifying himself as a Detective Branch official called his father and visited his house in Gaibandha about one month before he went missing on May 2.

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