Enforced disappearance of Sohel Taj’s nephew scares nation: BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:29, Jun 20,2019


Voicing concern over the incidents of enforced disappearance, Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday said the entire nation received a jolt over the incident of enforced disappearance of the nephew of former state minister for home.
The party alleged that any person who has enmity with the ruling party leaders and activists could be made a victim of enforced disappearance at any time.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP central office, its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the influential ruling party members were making their opponents disappear through a ‘contract’ with the law enforcers.
Referring to the enforced disappearance of a nephew of former state minister of home Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj, Rizvi said even the ruling Awmi League’s former state minister’s nephew, also a grandson of the first prime minister Tajuddin Ahmad, became a victim of enforced disappearance.
‘The incident gave the entire nation a scare,’ he said.
Referring to the victims of enforced disappearances of BNP leaders and activists, Rizvi said the country’s air was thick with the cries of the enforced disappearances victims’ families.
The BNP leader alleged that Bangladesh has now become a valley of murder.
Rizvi said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has made the enforced disappearance a programme to continue to cling on to power.
Sohel Taj’s nephew, a film-maker, Syed Iftekhar Alam Sourav, disappeared on June 9. His family accused the Rapid Action Battalion for his disappearance.
His disappearance triggered social media criticism as his uncle, former state minister for home Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj, continued to drive a social media campaign. He alleged that his nephew was tracked on May 16 through a mobile tracker and ‘only elite force used those trackers.’

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