Four farmers have been allegedly abducted by miscreants from a hill in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar on Sunday. Those abducted are Abdus Salam, Abdur Rahman, Muhib Ullah and Abdul Hakim of the Lechuaprang area of the Hnila union. Abdus Salam's younger brother, Munshi Rafiq, said that his brothers along with others were sleeping in a makeshift hut on their farmlands after driving away wild elephants from their cornfield on Saturday night. Read: Rohingya leader stabbed dead in Cox’s Bazar They were supposed to return in the morning but none of the four returned home till 10am. The miscreants kidnapped them at gunpoint, he claimed. Police have been informed over the abduction, said Rashedul Mahmud Ali, chairman of Hnila union parishad. Md Abdul Halim, officer-in-charge (OC) of Teknaf police station said they are investigating the matter.
The body of a child who was abducted and murdered in Dinajpur’s Khansama upazila was recovered by police early Monday. The deceased has been identified as Arifuzzaman, 8, son of Atiur Rahman from Kayempur Daktarpara area of Khamarpara union under the upazila. Arif was a second-grade student at the local Chehelgazi Kindergarten School. Police have also detained Shariful Islam, a college student, in connection with the abduction and killing. Read: Law enforcers have made progress in Fardin murder probe: Rab According to locals, Arif went missing on Friday afternoon while playing in the field. Later, Shariful called the child’s father on that night and asked for a ransom of Tk 1 lakh. Instead of giving in to Shariful’s demand, Arif’s father lodged a General Diary with the local police station. “We detained Shariful, a Computer Trade student of Gowaldihi BM College, by tracking his mobile number. Based on information provided by him, we launched a drive on the premises of a house owned by one Abdus Salam beside a rice mill in Pakerhat and found Arif’s body inside a sack after some excavation,” said Chittaranjan Das, Officer In-charge (OC) of Khansama Police Station. Chittaranjan added that the body has been sent to the morgue of M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
A Khulna court on Tuesday granted bail to four of the six accused in a case over alleged abduction of Khulna’s Rahima Begum. Khulna Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge Mahmuda Begum passed the order during a hearing on the bail pleas. Read: Rahima’s statement on ‘disappearance’ misleading: PBI Those granted bail are Mohammad Mohiuddin, assistant engineer of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet), Golam Kibria, Md Jewel, and Rafiqul Islam Palash, said Public Prosecutor KM Iqbal Hossain. The two other accused- Rahima’s second husband Belal Ghatak and Helal Sharif- are currently in jail, he said. On August 27, Rahima went missing after she had left her home in the Banikpara area of Doulatpur at 10pm to bring water. Her daughters found her sandals, scarf and water pot. A newer pair of sandals though, had gone missing and that fuelled speculation that she had left home on her own. Read: Families of arrestees claim Rahima’s daughter Moriom behind mysterious disappearance The family first filed a complaint with the police, based on which the law enforcement lodged a first information report (FIR) against some people over Rahima's disappearance. On September 13, after Rahima remained missing for 17 days and police failed to find her, her younger daughter Aduri Akter appealed to a Khulna court to transfer the case to the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI). The same day, police arrested six people in connection with the case and of them four were accused by the plaintiff in the case statement, said police. On September 24, Rahima Begum was found alive in Faridpur's Boalmari after remaining missing for 29 days.
Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) has said that the disappearance of Rahima Begum, who was found alive in Faridpur, was not an incident of “abduction”. “We did not find any evidence of abduction from her house in Khulna’s Daulatpur,” SP Syed Mushfiqur Rahman of PBI Khulna said today. “We are still investigating the case and action will be taken if Rahima Begum had made false accusations about her disappearance,” the PBI official said. Read: I was abducted over land dispute: Rahima Begum Meanwhile, family members of those arrested in the case have claimed that Rahima Begum’s daughter Moriom Mannan is the “mastermind” behind the mysterious disappearance. They said that if Moriom and others involved in the incident are questioned, truth will be revealed. On September 25, 2022, Rahima Begum, who remained “missing” for 29 days, was handed over to her family after her statement was recorded in the court. Read: Rahima Begum handed over to family after recording statement Later, she was taken to her younger daughter Aduri Akter’s house in Khulna’s Boyra area, said plaintiff’s lawyer Afruzzaman Tutul. In her statement, Rahima provided detailed information on being “abducted over land dispute”. She said she was abducted and taken to Chattogram. From there, she went to Faridpur on her own. Read I was abducted over land dispute: Rahima Begum The night before, police rescued Rahima from Boalmari upazila of Faridpur. “I was abducted by some unidentified men from in front of my house,” Rahima claimed when she met her family members at the PBI office in Khulna. “Golam Kibria and Md Mohiuddin, two people with whom Rahima was at loggerheads over land, had forcefully collected her signature on a blank paper and left her at a remote place with only Tk 1000,” Mushfiqur quoted Rahima at the time. Read No one takes clothes or medicine with them, if they are abducted: PBI SP
Khulna’s Rahima Begum, who remained “missing” for 29 days, was handed over to her family this evening after her statement was recorded in the court. Khulna Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court-2 Judge AL Amin recorded Rahima’s statement around 6 pm. Later, she was taken to her younger daughter Aduri Akter’s house in the city's Boyra area, said plaintiff’s lawyer Afruzzaman Tutul. Also read: I was abducted over land dispute: Rahima Begum In her statement, Rahima provided detailed information on being “abducted over land dispute”. She said she was abducted and taken to Chattogram. From there, she went to Faridpur on her own. Earlier on Saturday night, police rescued Rahima from Boalmari upazila of Faridpur. Also read: Rahima stopped talking when police found her and asked questions “I was abducted by some unidentified men from in front of my house,” Rahima claimed when she met her family members at the PBI office in Khulna. “Golam Kibria and Md Mohiuddin, two people with whom Rahima was at loggerheads over land, had forcefully collected her signature on a blank paper and left her at a remote place with only Tk 1000,” Mushfiqur quoted Rahima. Four-five people Rahima accused over her abduction in the statement were also accused in a case filed over her going missing, following a complaint received from her children. Read Reported “missing”, Khulna’s Rahima was staying in Faridpur since Sept 17: Police
Khulna’s Rahima Begum, who had been missing for 29 days, has finally opened her mouth, and talked about her disappearance. “I was abducted by some unidentified men from in front of my house,” Rahima claimed when she met her family members at the PBI office in Khulna. According to SP Syed Mushfiqur Rahman of Police Bureau of Investigation Khulna, Rahima claimed that she was abandoned at an unfamiliar place after abduction. Read: No one takes clothes or medicine with them, if they are abducted: PBI SP “Golam Kibria and Md Mohiuddin, two people with whom Rahima was at loggerheads over land, had forcefully collected her signature on a blank paper and left her at a remote place with only Tk 1000,” Mushfiqur quoted Rahima. The SP added that they have also discovered why Rahima went to Abdul Quddus’ house in Faridpur. “At first, Rahima wasn’t sure where she would go. Later, she reached the house of Abdul Quddus in Syedpur village under Faridpur’s Boalkhali upazila via Gopalganj’s Muksedpur, the only place she knew that she could go to. She couldn’t let anyone know about her whereabouts as she didn’t have a mobile phone with her,” Rahima apparently told PBI. Read: Rahima stopped talking when police found her and asked questions SP Mushfiqur also said that police are currently verifying Rahima’s claims. “She has been sent to the court, where it’ll be decided what will happen next.” On August 27, Rahima went missing after she had stepped out to fetch water near her home in Banikpara area of Khulna’s Doulatpara upazila around 10pm. Her family found her sandals, scarf and the pitcher she was carrying from the spot. The family first filed a complaint with the police, based on which an FIR was lodged by the cops against some people. Read Missing Khulna woman found dead in Mymensingh, family suspects On September 13, after Rahima remained missing for 17 days and police failed to find her, her younger daughter Aduri Akter appealed to the Khulna court to transfer the case to the PBI, said Rahima’s elder daughter Moriom Mannan. The same day the court ordered police to hand over the case of Rahima Begum to the PBI.
Last Saturday, AQAP published a video depicting a United Nations employee who had been abducted more than six months prior, SITE Intelligence Group reported. In the video, AKM Sufiul Anam, a United Nations official identified as a Bangladeshi, said, “Currently I am held captive by Al Qaeda. It has been six months since I’m held captive in a place I do not know. My family does not know where I am. If I die, my family will not be able to know.” In the video message, ostensibly shot on August 9, Sufiul Anam was also heard pleading “the UN, the international community, the humanitarian organisations, to please come forward... and meet the demands of my captors”, without specifying the demands. Read: UNGA lauds Bangladesh’s leadership in promoting culture of peace The 65-year-old Bangladeshi claimed that he was in urgent need of hospitalisation due to major health issues. Sufiul Anam, identified as “director of the United Nations Office of Security and Safety in Yemen”, and four coworkers were abducted on February 11. Following the video and media reports on it, a relative of the abducted Bangladeshi UN official – on her Facebook profile – sought help from media, Bangladesh government, the UN, and other relevant organizations in freeing Sufiul Anam and his team. Sadia Hedayet wrote: “More than 6 months back, my uncle Sufiul Anam was abducted when him and his team were returning from a field mission near Aden, Yemen. He had retired as a Lieutenant Colonel of Bangladesh Army and has been serving as Field Security Coordination Head for UN Department of Safety and Security. He is set to retire this year after his United Nations career spanning about 17 years, during which he served in some of the most dangerous places in the world.” Read: 3 kidnapped labourers rescued from Ctg hill tracts “He is one of the bravest people I have ever met in my life. Sometimes when I am sitting by myself, I think what must have gone on in his mind when he was being taken. I think he tried to logically reason with them because that’s who he is.” “It has been more than six months that he has been held captive along with his colleagues from the UN. This is the first time in a long time that we have got an update that he is alive through a video released by his captors. But he is not okay. He is 60+ years old. He suffers from hypertension and diabetes. He has not seen daylight in 6 months…” “I am putting this message out there, as a desperate plea to bring attention to this issue. We are helpless, we don’t know how to help our uncle except this.”
Detectives in a drive arrested four people including the prime accused in a case over snatching belongings of a 3rd year student of Dhaka University after abduction, said police on Sunday. The accused were prime accused Shakil Ahmed Rubel, 28, Akash Sheikh, 22, Delwar Hossain, 55 and Habibur Rahman. Police also seized two pistols, two bullets, one magazine, one wireless set, two motorbikes with police sticker and six mobile phone sets from their possession. Tipped off, a team of DB police conducted simultaneous drives in different parts of the city and arrested them, said Additional Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Harun-or-Rashid. Read: DB arrests suspected drug dealer in city “Shakil was involved in 1500 mugging incidents. He used to tease girls and the female students of universities and colleges in the guise of police personnel,” said Additional Commissioner Harun. Shakil used to carry out criminal activities by living in a rented hotel room. Earlier on August 25, Shakil, in the guise of police, intercepted a rickshaw carrying a DU female student in the city’s Kalyanpur area and forced the girl to go with him saying that she was carrying something illegal in her bag. He then took her to Diabari and snatched away gold ornaments after keeping her hostage at knife point. The DU student lodged a complaint with Turag Police
A Khulna court on Thursday sentenced seven people to ten years imprisonment for abducting two people in 2010. Khulna Special Sessions and Divisional Judge Wahiduzzaman Shikdar handed down the punishment. The convicts are—Rabiul Islam, Sajuddin alias Shahbuddin, Zahid alias Zahid, Azizul Morol alias Thakur, Raju Molla alias Raju, Yeaz alias Izaz Molla and Nurjamal alias Kalu. Raju and Izaz were present on the dock while the others were tried in absentia. All were fined Tk 1000, in default, to suffer one month more rigorous imprisonment. According to the prosecution, a group of criminals, numbering 20 barged into the fish enclosure of Chinmoy at Hadda village in Koyra upazila on August 12, 2010. Read: Two power officials get 5 yrs in jail in graft case They beat up Chinmoy and his guard Mantu and abducted them. They also demanded Tk 5 lakh as ransom for their release. Later, they were rescued from the Sundarbans after providing Tk 55,000. Soumen Mandal, owner of an adjacent fish enclosure, lodged complaint against eight people on August 16 with Koyra Police. On March 9, 2011, police submitted chargesheet against seven people.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained three people including the prime accused on Saturday in a case filed over the rape of a woman after abduction in Cox’s Bazar. The detainees were Firoz alias Mostak Dakat, Md Sharif alias Sharif Company and Nurul Islam from Islampur village in Eidgaon upazila in Cox’s Bazar, said Leiutenant Colonel Khayrul Islam Sarkar, commander of Rab-15 on Saturday. The three accused were arrested in the early hours of Saturday from Napitkhali area in the upazila, he said. READ: CMCH intern held in pornography case Later one imported and nine locally made firearms were recovered from their den. “They were wanted in several cases including of rape, looting, extortion and illegal forest grabbing. They will be handed over to Eidgaon police station after filing a case,” said the Rab-15Commander. A case was filed at Cox’s Bazar sadar model police station after receiving a complaint from a woman about her rape by four people after abducting her from Cox’s Bazar court premises on March 14.