JP leader ‘abducted, beaten’ by Quader Mirza, followers
Noakhali's Basurhat municipality mayor Abdul Quader Mirza and his followers allegedly abducted and assaulted a local Jatiya Party leader on Wednesday.
Md Saiful Islam Swapon, general secretary of JP's Companiganj upazila unit, is undergoing treatment at a Dhaka hospital.
"Quader Mirza and his followers hit my husband's head and broke his legs and hands," claimed Saiful's wife Nazma Islam, also a member from women's reserved seat of the upazila's Charfakira union parishad.
Saiful's son Moinul Islam Shaon alleged that Quader Mirza, also younger brother of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, along with his followers abducted Saiful from Basurhat Bazar area around 5pm on Wednesday. Then, they took Saiful to a room on the second floor of the municipal building.
On information, Saiful's family and local JP men rushed there and rescued him. He was then taken to a local health complex. As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to Dhaka early yesterday, Shaon added.
Contacted, JP's Companiganj upazila unit president Abdul Latif said he went to the municipal building around 10pm that day and took Saiful out of the building.
He, however, said he did not see Quader Mirza there and refused to talk further about the incident.
Mirza could not be contacted over phone for his comment. However, Mirza's personal assistant Hamid Ullah, who is also general secretary of Jubo League's Basurhat unit, denied the allegations.
Contacted, OC Md Saifuddin Anwar of Companiganj Police Station said he heard that Mirza only scolded Saiful, but he did not get information of assault.
No one filed a police complaint till 7pm yesterday.