Whereabouts of a dozen of road safety protesters remains unknown after law enforcers raided their houses in the capital’s Mohakhali and Tejgaon areas on September 5.
The parents and guardians of the enforced disappearance victims held a press conference at the Crime Reporters’ Association office on Sunday and claimed their sons were in the custody of the detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
Of the protesters, Tarek Aziz of Jessore, Mehedi Hasan Rajib of Kishorganj, Mahfuz of Gazipur, Raihanul Abedin of Comilla, Tarek Aziz of Noakhali and Iftekhar Alam of Noakhali are students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute while Al Amin and Jahirul Islam Hasib of Feni are university admission seekers.
Mujahidul Islam is a student of Bangladesh Textile University while Jahangir Alam is a student of Government Titumir College, Saifullah Bin Mansur is a student of Government Sadat College of Tangail and Gazi M Borhan Uddin of Sherpur is a student at Saic Institute of Medical Technology in Mirpur.
The DMP spokesperson deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman declined to comment while DB’s deputy commissioner Mashiur Rahman said they were collecting information of a number of student protesters especially who went violent and tried to create anarchy.
Parents in the press conference said they had approached DB office following the day of ‘arrest’ and the officials concerned told them ‘the students would be produced before the court on September 7. But, they were not produced in the court even after four days.’
‘The DB officials sometimes assured us and sometime said that they did not arrest them,’ a joint statement read by Mansur Rahman, the father of Saifullah Bin Mansur, said.
They said if the students were found guilty, then placed them to the court.
Mansur complained that a police team launched a drive at Mohakhali and Tejgaon on September 5 and detained several students.
Of the detainees, some students, including one named Sifat, were released from the office of Detective Branch but the rest 12 were not released, said Mansur.
The arrestees were tortured in the DB office, Mansur quoted Sifat as saying.
The families also urged human rights organigations, including National Human Rights Commission, to raise their voices over the incident.
Students took to the streets on July 29 following the death of two students at Kurmitola, and the protests continued until first week of August.