Update March 15, 2015

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Government still clueless about Salahuddin

Sumel Sarker

Salauddin

BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed.

15 March 2015, Nirapad News: The government is yet to decide what to say before a High Court bench today as the law enforcement agencies have failed to trace BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed, who remains missing since Tuesday night.

The authorities would wait until 10:30 am today for the latest development regarding the whereabouts of the BNP leader, whose family and the party claim, was picked up by people identifying themselves as detectives from a house in Uttara.

The High Court bench of Justice Quamrul Islam Siddiqui and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore on Thursday asked the government and the law enforcers to explain why they should not be directed to find Salahuddin and bring him before it today. The order came following a petition filed by the wife of the BNP leader.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on that day said the law enforcers had not arrested or picked up Salahuddin. “As Salahuddin was not in police custody, the court should not ask the government or the police to produce him before it,” he argued adding that Salahuddin might be hiding to embarrass the government.

Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday said the law enforcers had not arrested Salahuddin. He said the police had been in the dark about Salahuddin’s location even before his disappearance.

“We are in fact looking for the BNP leader as he is wanted in some cases,” the police chief added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a program yesterday alleged that BNP chief Khaleda Zia might have asked Salahuddin to go deep underground.

Salahuddin’s wife Hasina Ahmed yesterday said they were passing days anxiously. “I want nothing but getting back my husband unhurt. If he is accused, follow the legal course and produce him before the court,” she said.

Police yesterday filed a general diary with Uttara police station over the disappearance of Salahuddin.

After visiting the spot, a house located in Uttara sector 3 where the BNP leader was staying, police said they had not found the allegations of Salahuddin’s wife to be true.

Iqbal Hossain, deputy commissioner Uttara division, told that they were looking for the tenant of the apartment, Iqbal Hasnat.

The security guard and locals told the police that the tenant had brought a guest on Saturday saying that he would stay there for a few days. “None could confirm that the guest was Salahuddin,” the official said.

A police officer of Uttara division quoted guard Akhterul Islam as saying that some five to six people had gone to the building around 10 pm on Tuesday and left with the guest.

However, the guard earlier said four to five “armed people” identifying themselves as Detective Branch officials had picked up Salahuddin blindfolded from the house and that there were vehicles parked outside the three-storey building.

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