Arrest of Marak raises question | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 19, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 19, 2010

Arrest of Marak raises question

Family claims he was picked up 3 months back

Mystery shrouds the arrest of Pradip Marak, an alleged Bangladeshi aide to detained Ulfa leader Ranjan Chowdhury, as Pradip's family members yesterday claimed that unidentified law enforcers picked him up in April from city's Ashkona.
On April 21, an anonymous caller asked Pradip to go to a spot at 10:00am and he went missing after reaching the spot, said Pradip's daughter Prima Chicham.
Following the incident they filed a case with Airport Police Station, she added.
Sub-Inspector Morshed Zaman, also the investigation officer of the case, told The Daily Star yesterday that Atishon Chicham, brother-in-law of Pradip, earlier filed a case in this connection.
Prima Chicham along with other family members reached The Daily Star office yesterday and claimed that the last anonymous caller to Pradip was a Rab personnel.
Meanwhile, Commander Mohammad Sohail, director of Rab legal and media wing told The Daily Star yesterday that Rab had not picked Pradip from Ashkona in April and such claim by Pradip's family members against Rab is baseless and motivated.
“On Saturday, I saw Pradip in Rab custody in a television news. I lodged a general diary and informed the higher authority about the incident,” SI Morshed said adding that he collected callers' list on Pradip's cellphone according to the directives of the authority to trace the last call before his missing.
Prima, an employee of a fast food shop in Banani, said his father used to run a security firm Bangladesh Indigenous Security at Khilkhet and he was also the chairman of Garo Adibasi Unnyan Samabai Samity in Sherpur.
She claimed that Rab personnel had picked her father earlier and trying to implicate him with Ulfa connection.
On Saturday, Rab-9 arrested Ranjan and Pradip from Bhairab in Kishoreganj. They were placed on a three-day remand by a Kishoreganj court yesterday in connection with possessing illegal firearms, reports a correspondent from Kishoreganj.
Contacted, OC Mohammad Shahjahan Kabir of Bahirab Police Station said Ranjan, who is an Indian national, used to make frequent trips in Assam through Jhinaigati bordering area.
During preliminary investigation, Ranjan confessed that he took training in Afghanistan on firearms several times and used to receive financial help from Ulfa.
The OC, however, said they are verifying the information gleaned from Ranjan.

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