A popular Islamic preacher and three friends have disappeared in Bangladesh.
Md. Afsanaul Adnan, 31, and three companions have not been seen since June 10, according to the preacher’s family.
Local and international human rights organizations are calling on the authorities to investigate quickly and fairly in order to determine their whereabouts. If they are in state custody, they must be released immediately, Amnesty Asia said in a tweet on June 14.
Adnan’s family claim the four have been missing since the preacher left his home district of Rangpur for Dhaka on June 10.
Adnan’s wife, Sabekun Nahar, claims that no police station will bring the case.
“Where should I submit a case? Who should I submit a complaint to? I’m tired of walking around the police stations. No police station takes responsibility, â€Nahar told UCA News.
Tomorrow I too could be a victim of disappearance
The topic is a hot topic on social media in Bangladesh.
Nurul Haque Nur, a young politician and activist, claimed on Facebook that law enforcement must know where Adnan is.
â€œThe government pays no heed to our Facebook post or protest. The government is suppressing dissent and disappearing many in order to mature its one-party system of government, “Nur said in a video.
Father Anthony Sen, secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission of Dinajpur Diocese, said he was “appalled” to see reports from human rights organizations.
“Tomorrow I could be a disappearance too,” he told UCA News.
â€œBased on previous government records in Bangladesh, everyone thinks that Adnan was kidnapped by government forces. If that didn’t happen, the government has to prove it. That can’t happen in a democracy where people don’t like it [the government] or people who disagree will disappear. “
Odhikar, the country’s leading human rights organization, estimates that between 2001 and June 2020, 4,002 people were killed out of court by law enforcement agencies. Of these, more than half were killed by the police and 1,224 by the elite police of the Rapid Action Battalion.
Ain O Salish Kendra (Law and Arbitration Center) claimed there were 30 extrajudicial executions and three enforced disappearances in the first five months of 2021.