Rights activists and families of eight men, who were allegedly abducted by Rapid Action Battalion on December 8, form a human chain in front of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital yesterday protesting against forced disappearance, killing and kidnapping in the country. Though the programme was organised by eminent citizens, police snatched their banners, leaflets and loudspeakers, surprising many of the participants. Photo: Rashed Shumon
Mother of Sajedul Islam Suman, a ward level BNP leader of Tejgaon and one of the eight victims, wails for her son. Photo: Rashed Shumon
An “anti-kidnapping squad” was formed by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday to fight the ongoing kidnapping spree in the country.
The 40-member specially trained team will conduct raids to rescue abducted victims and arrest kidnappers, said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the DMP, addressing the press at the DMP media centre. "The squad has already started its operation."
People whose loved ones are missing, or who have witnessed a kidnapping, have been asked to call at the designated hotline, 01713398327, which is open 24 hours, he said.
The squad is led by Sanowar Hossain, additional deputy commissioner of Detective Branch of DMP.
Talking to The Daily Star about identifying "fake" law enforcers, ADC Sanowar said, “No law enforcer in plainclothes can make an arrest. If they have to, they must be in uniform or at least wear a jacket embossed with the logo. Or, they must be accompanied by the local police.”