Tapos Kanti Das
The government can in no way avoid the responsibility for the ‘disappearance’ of Bangladesh Nationalist Party joint secretary general Salah Uddin Ahmed, say eminent citizens. A number of citizens talking to New Age on Tuesday said the incident was an ‘ominous sign’ and other politicians as well as public figures, industrialists and intellectuals seemed to be at risk. Salah Uddin’s family alleged that plainclothes men who identified themselves as members of Detective Branch picked Salah Uddin up from a house in the city’s Uttara on the night of March 10 and remained traceless since. A number of ministers and ruling party men however, claimed that Salah Uddin might have gone into hiding. The civic leaders said that it was not credible that a senior leader like Salah Uddin would go into hiding and the government should find him out and present him before the public.
It is the government’s responsibility to find a citizen out in case they go missing, and if Salah Uddin has really gone into hiding, it is the government’s responsibility to trace him, they added. ‘Why an active politician would hide himself? It could not be believed… We are concerned. It is the responsibility of the police to find him out if any quarter has picked him up in the name of DB,’ M Hafizuddin Khan, former adviser to the caretaker government, told New Age. ‘It is really frightening if any quarter commits crime using the name of police. The government can in no way avoid responsibility,’ he said. He pointed out that the government was yet to explain where Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna had been for 21 hours in between his being picked up and brought to the police station. The government should give a clear explanation and ‘the language the government is using about Salah Uddin’s disappearance is most painful,’ writer and columnist Syed Abul Maksud said. ‘Such disappearance is a matter of grave concern. It is an ominous sign for any politician, public figures, industrialists and intellectuals,’ he said. ‘It is the responsibility of the government to find out Salah Uddin and make its position on the issue clear,’ Badiul Alam Majumdar, secretary of Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik said. ‘The government’s claim is not acceptable. Such ‘disappearances’ are continuing.… The law enforcers’ claim that they have not picked him up is not credible without strong evidence,’ Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, told New Age. ‘Why the police refused to record the general diary his family wanted to file? Why the police are not actively trying to find him out? Such attitude raises suspicion that law enforcers might have picked him up,’ he said.
Source: New Age BD