The family of a former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday alleged that he had been missing since some people identifying themselves as law enforcers picked him up more than two weeks ago from the capital's Bashundhara area.
SM Moazzem Hossain Topu, 28, a former president of ward-22 unit of BCL, was picked up by "plainclothes detectives" from a friend's flat on January 26, said the family members who formed a human chain in front of the capital's Jatiya Press Club for his return.
They urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's intervention in the matter.
Maruf Hossain Sorder, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told The Daily Star over the phone that they did not arrest him.
An inhabitant of Rampura, Topu used to visit his friend's flat near Apollo Hospital at Block D of Bashundhara area, said his elder brother SM Moinul Hossain.
Three men identifying themselves as detectives picked him up around 11:00pm on that day, Moinul said, quoting Topu's friend Arnab.
One of the men carried a pair of handcuffs, he added.
Youngest among two brothers and three sisters, Topu was popular among locals, said Moinul, adding his political rivals might have had him kidnapped.
The family filed a general diary and an abduction case with Bhatara Police Station, he added.
His mother Saleha Begum said his father fell sick following their son's disappearance.
“I want my son back,” she said.
Officer-in-Charge of Bhatara Police Station Nurul Muttakin said they were investigating the incident and working to find him.