A group of guardians on Thursday demanded the release of their children who were allegedly picked up by police from Dhaka’s Mohakhali and Tejgaon areas on September 5.
They urged the law enforcers to produce them before a court if they are guilty.
Total of 12 students were picked up by cops from three bachelor messes in the two areas during a drive, the guardians told at a press briefing held at Crime Reporters’ Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) in Dhaka.
According to their statement, the detainees are Al Amin, Jahirul Islam Hasib, Mujahidul Islam, Jahangir Alam, Saifullah Bin Mansur, Gazi M Borhan Uddin, Tarek Aziz, Mahfuz, Raihanul Abedin, Iftekhar Alam, Tarek Aziz and Mehedi Hasan Rajib.
The family members alleged that the detained students were to be produced before a court on September 7 but the law enforcers have not taken any such step.
Father of one of the detained students Saifullah Bin Mansur, Mansur Rahman alleged that a police team launched a drive in Dhaka’s Mohakhali and Tejgaon areas on September 5 and detained the several students including the 12.
Some students, including one named Sifat, were released from the office of Detective Branch (DB) of police but the rest 12 students were not released from the DB custody, said Mansur.
The arrestees were tortured in the DB office, Mansur quoted Sifat as saying.
“We are deeply concerned as police deny the arrests,” he added.
The families also urged human rights organigations, including National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to raise their voices over the incident.
When contacted, DB Additional Commissioner Abdul Baten did not receive phone.