Police are yet to find what happened to the missing jeweller, Palash Dhar, of Chittagong city though it has been 15 days since he disappeared “mysteriously” on his way to Noakhali on May 12.
When asked, Chawkbazar police said they were "trying their best" to unveil the mystery. However, the victim's family members and jewellers in the city said they saw no visible headway in this regard and demanded that the case be transferred to the Detective Branch (DB) of police.
Meanwhile, Nipa Dhar, wife of Palash, is now passing her days amid uncertainty and insecurity. She has now taken shelter at her parents' house in the city with her two children. “Where will I go with my little kids? I am feeling insecure,” she told The Daily Star yesterday.
Nipa could not contact her husband since he left for Noakhali's Sonapur on May 12 to buy some medicines for their daughter. Palash, 37, of Chawkbazar is the owner of New SN Jewellers in the area.
Bablu Gupta, brother-in-law of Palash, said none had demanded ransom from them yet. “We can't understand what has happened to Palash. We suspect that he has been abducted but the abductors are not daring demand ransom, fearing the country's present situation.”
Mrinal Kanti Dhar, senior vice president of Bangladesh Jewellers' Association, Chittagong, said there was no "visible headway" since the case was filed on May 18. He demanded the case be transferred to the DB.
The association organised several protest programmes, including a press conference on May 18 and a rally the following day, demanding the immediate rescue of Palash.
Atik Ahmed Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Chawkbazar Police Station, told The Daily Star that they had tracked down the mobile phone, with which Palash made the last call. It was found in a remote area in Feni, he said. “Our team has visited the spot recently.”
He added, “It's mysterious that none has yet asked for ransom, so we are not sure whether it is an abduction...We expect to unveil the mystery soon.”