Mridul Kumar Chowdhury
A gold trader in Chittagong on his release from abduction today alleged that the kidnapping has a link to a case filed against a Rab official over gold snatching.
Mridul Kumar Chowdhury was talking to reporters at Devpur police outpost in Burichang upazila of Comilla today after his release six days into his abduction from the port city.
Detailing on his allegation, Mridul referred to the case he filed with Kotwali Police Station in Chittagong against Maj Rafiqul Amin, an officer of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-2 of Dhaka, in December suspecting the Rab official's involvement with the snatching of 80 tolas of gold.
He however did not elaborate the reason behind his suspicion.
According to Mridul's claim he had sent a consignment of 80 tolas of liquid gold to Tantibazar area in Dhaka in December through one of his close aide.
As his aide reached Kamalapur Railway Station by Suborno Express, a gang snatched the gold from him, reports our Comilla correspondent quoting Mridul.
Unidentified criminals gave him life threats for several times over phone after the filing of the case, said a choking Mridul.
Describing his ordeal to The Daily Star, Mridul said the abductors always kept him confined in vehicles.
They also tortured him and kept him half-fed, but they did not claim ransom from him, Mridul said.
Before releasing him at a paddy field in Kangshanagar Bazar in Burichang upazila, the abductors blindfolded him, said Mridul, who was kidnapped at gunpoint near his house in Hazari Lane of the port city on February 11, said.
The kidnappers changed vehicles three times early today before releasing him around 1:00am, he added.