Dhaka, April 17.
By Bangladesh Correspondent
Unidentified miscreants abducted Abu Bakar Siddiqui(47), the husband of Syeda Rizwana Hasan, executive director of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) from the Jalkuri area on the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road on Wednesday , April 16.
A gang of seven to eight armed criminals abducted 47-year-old Businessman Abu Bakar Siddiqui in broad daylight, when he was passing the Jolkuri area in a red-coloured car driven by his driver Ripon.
A cross-section of people of Bangladesh, including journalists, lawyers, academics and right activists, on Thursday expressed concern about the abduction of Abu Bakar Siddik, husband of green activist Syeda Rizwana Hasan, and demanded his immediate rescue.
The professionals at separate human chains in the Dhaka city also rallied for government steps to stop such incidents of abduction and extrajudicial killing.
They vowed to continue with their protests in case the government fails to rescue Abu Bakar unhurt.
A five-member combined committee comprising of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Detective Branch of Police, has been formed to accelerate the search operation to rescue BELA chief Rizwana’s husband Siddique.
Quoting Ripon, who witnessed the abduction, Syed Nurul Islam, the Superintend of Police for Nayarangonj, said: “While the businessman’s car had been crossing the Jolkuri area near the Bhuiyan Filling Station at Bhuigarh Delpara on the Dhaka-Narayanganj Link Road om Wednesday, they [Siddiqui and Ripon] stopped the car after a blue-colored microbus had hit his car from behind.
“When Siddiqui and Ripon got down checking the damage, the criminals hit them both with pistols. They sped away with the businessman at gunpoint after smearing pepper-like material over Ripon’s eyes,” the SP said.
The Narayanganj SP also echoed Rizwana, saying Siddiqui might have been abducted by those who were affected by the activities of the BELA executive director. Without disclosing details for the sake of the ongoing investigation, Narayanganj SP Syed Nurul Islam said the family of the businessman has suggested some suspected reasons behind the abduction.
The SP also said a 12-member committee has been formed to accelerate the operational activities in rescuing the businessman, but added that there were some difficulties in figuring out jurisdiction as the incident took place on the bordering area between Dhaka and Narayanganj districts.
AB Siddiqui, who owns a garment manufacturing unit, previously worked for a garment factory owned by State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu.
Ferdous Ahmad Bhuiyan