Man ‘disappears’ from Dhaka airport on arrival from UK

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:08am on May 15, 2017

Lakehead Grammar School co-founder Rizwan Haroon ‘disappeared’ from highly secured Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on May 10 upon his arrival from the United Kingdom in an Emirates Airways flight, family claimed.
Until Sunday evening, whereabouts of Rizwan was not disclosed but an airport official told New Age that he was ‘escorted’ to a car after he completed his immigration formalities that night.
The airport official said Rizwan landed at 8:45am from Emirates flight from the UK via Dubai.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said the security force was looking for him for long.
Neither police headquarters nor Dhaka Metropolitan Police could say anything about his whereabouts while intelligence officials said he was ‘self disappeared’ from the airport.
Intelligence officials branded him as a top leader of Jamatul Muslemin while Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit officials said Rizwan was not so far named in any of their cases.
When contacted, rights activist Nur Khan Liton expressed his doubt about the ‘disappearance’ of an extremist suspect from the key point installation.
‘We have doubt whether he was picked by any of the authorities,’ said Nur Khan, who deals with disappearance and extremism.
According to an airport official, Rizwan’s father Haroon Rashid had approached Banani police station to file a general diary regarding his son going missing.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner (media and public relations) Masudur Rahman, however, said they did not receive any formal allegation over the issue.
Intelligence officials have told New Age that they have been monitoring ‘suspected lead recruiter and terrorist financer’ Rizwan Haroon for the last couple of years.
They said Rizwan became an extremist in the UK with his involvement of Jamatul Muslemin leader Abu Isa Al Rafai, a Jordanian who migrated to the UK.