Members of Counter Terrorism (CT) unit of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) rescued a housewife along with her two children from a bus stand in Chandgaon area of Chattogram city yesterday morning.
Fatema Akhter Nipa (24), wife of expatriate worker Fakhruddin Rubel, and their children -- Adnan Sayeed Ayon (4) and Fahmida Jahan Rimi (2) -- went missing from Kaptai Rastar Matha area of port city on November 11 while travelling in a CNG-run auto-rickshaw from Aman Bazar. Later, family members filed a general diary with Chandgaon Police Station, mentioning the incident as “abduction”.
However, members of CT claimed the woman fled her home deliberately.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammed Shahidullah of CT unit remarked, observing the incident, police first apprehended that the woman was abducted by the auto-rickshaw driver and started investigation with due seriousness.
“Analysing CCTV footage, we identified the auto rickshaw carrying Fatema and her children, and detained the driver from Halishahar area. The driver told investigators that Fatema asked him to change direction in Shilpakala area,” said the DC.
“Later investigating the information from the driver, we spotted the woman with a man in Dampara bus counter and she seemed perfectly fine in the CCTV footage,” he added..
Sub-inspector (SI) Sumit Das of CT unit, who is also the investigation officer (IO), said Fatema had a relationship with one Babu, an expatriate in Dubai, for eight years before marriage, and after marriage she kept in touch with him via Imo app.
“From Dampara area, she and Babu went to Savar and stayed there for seven days. Fatema’s children were with them during this time. Police identified their location after tracking,” said the SI.
SI Sumit Das said sensing police activity, Fatema returned to Chattogram from Savar yesterday morning, and police rescued her and her children from Chandgaon area.
The three were handed over to Chandgaon Police Station, said the SI.
Officer-in-Charge Abul Kalam Azad of Chandgaon Police Station said as she willingly left the house, Fatema was handed over to her father’s family after legal procedure.