Thursday, December 21, 2017

Disappearances since 2016 - the men subsequently killed

Below are the details of 28 people picked up by Bangladesh law enforcement authorities since 2016, secretly detained for different periods of time, and then subsequently killed.

To see the main page on disappearances, and see the list of those who remain missing since 2016, click here.

The information below is based on information from the human rights organisation Odhikar direct interviews with families as well as media news reports.

Out of over 90 reported disappearances in 2016, 21 people were subsequently killed (12 of them being opposition Jamaat-e-Islami activists). The information about these 21 people was first published in the recent HRW report

Out of over 80 reported disappearances in 2017, 7 people were subsequently killed

These figures do not include examples of militants allegedly picked up and allegedly killed - in cases like this. These are allegedly widespread, but are difficult to verify.

If you have any further information on these or other enforced disappearances in Bangladesh, please e-mail Bangladesh Politico


Mohammad Alam
Picked up on August 22, 2017. Body found on August 23, 2017

Mohammad Alam, joint convener of Amanullahpur Union unit of the BNP youth wing in Noakhali district, was picked up on August 22, 2016 from his house in the early morning by a group of men who identified themselves as from the detective branch of the police. The following day, police claimed that Mohammad Alam was shot dead in a ‘gunfight’ in the early morning on August 23.

Mohammad Arjullah
Picked up on May 27, 2017. Body found on May 31, 2017

Arjullah was picked up on the evening of May 27, 2017 from a local shop in the district of Chuadanga by men who identified themselves to local people as law enforcement officers. Four days later, on May 31, 2017 his body was found in a field.
Prothom Alo 1 June, 2017

Maidul Islam, 45, Alimuddin, 55
Picked up on May 7, 2017. Bodies found on May 30, 2017

Maidul Islam (alias Rana) and Alimuddin, allegedly both members of left wing militant group, were picked up in a village in Jessore on May 7, 2017 by members of a law enforcement agency. According to the police they were killed in a gunfight on May 30, 2017 with the members of RAB-6 in Jhenaidah.
Prothom Alo 1 June, 2017

Nurul Alam Nuru, 40
Picked up on March 29, 2017. Body found March 30, 2017

Nurul Alam Nurul, a central leader of the student wing of the opposition, BNP, was picked up by 10 people - five in police uniform and others in plainclothes - from his rented home in Chittagong on March 29, 2017. The following day he was found murdered on the banks of the Karnaphuli river, he was shot twice in the head and his hands were tied with rope

Rafiqul Islam, 42
Picked up on March 24, 2017. Body found on March 28, 2017

Rafiqul Islam, an alleged criminal, was picked up on March 24, 2017 by men who identified themselves as members of the detective branch in Mirpur. His dead body was found near a highway following a gunfight on March 28, 2017
Prothom Alo 30 March 2017

Mohammad Hanif Mridha
Picked up on February 27, 2017. Died on March 17, 2017

On February 27, 2017, Mohammad Hanif Mridha, a businessman, and his friend Sohel Hossain, were picked up in Narayanganj by men who claimed to be members of the Detective Branch of the police as they were getting into a car. On March 17, it was alleged that Mridha had been arrested on suspicion of involvement with a suicide attack at RAB headquarters in Dhaka. He was subsequently admitted to hospital where he died.
The Daily Prothom Alo, 21 March 2017

Redwan Sabbir, Abu Abdullah, and Sohel Rana
Picked up on December 3, 2016. Bodies found on December 5, 2016

Redwan Sabbir, Abu Abdullah, and Sohel Rana, three Awami League youth wing activists, were picked up by a group of about 12 men, some wearing vests inscribed with “RAB,” from a tea stall in Tokia Bazar in Natore, late at night. Their bodies, with bullet wounds, were found two days later in Dinajpur

Safinul Islam, 32
Picked up on 26 September 2016, Body found on October 26, 2016

Safinul Islam (alias Safin), previously convicted in a murder case, was picked up from Dhaka by men identifiable as members of RAB on September 26, 2016. RAB denied the arrest that time, but a month later, claimed that he was killed in a gunfight at Dadrajonti village in Joypurhat

Tarique Hassan Shajib, 40
Picked up on 13 September, 2016. Dead body found on October 25, 2017

Tarique Hassan Shajib, member of Jamaat-e-Islami, was picked up on September 13, 2016 just after midnight by men claiming to be police from Al Hera school in Jhenaidah town where the party often held meetings. His body was found on October 25 with that of Zahurul Islam, whose case is described above

Mohammad Zahurul Islam, 42
Picked up on 7 September 2016. Dead body found on October 25, 2016

Mohammad Zahurul Islam, president of the Jhenaidah town unit of Jamaat-e-Islami and a lecturer at Keyarbazar College, was picked up on September 7, 2016 his way home for lunch in the Al Hera area by men claiming to be DB members. A month later, police said he was shot dead on October 25, 2016 at the Jhenaidah town bypass road when they opened fire in self-defense.

Idris Ali, 56
Picked up on 4 August 2016, Dead body found on 10 August 10, 2016

Idris Ali, a madrasa teacher and Jamaat-e-Islami leader in Jhenaidah, was picked up on August 4, 2016 by police while returning to his house at night. Eight days later, his body was found on the Harinakundu-Jhenaidah road with marks of torture

Oliullah Mollah, 38
Picked up in 9 July 2016, Dead body found on 10 July, 2016

Oliullah Mollah, vice president of a local brick field workers’ association and general secretary of his local unit of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Satkhira, was picked up on July 9, 2016 by police from the Paruli bazaar area. Police later said his body was found on July 10, 2016 in Ganghati village following a gunfight.

Faruk Hossain, 42
Picked up on 1 July 2016. Dead body found on 2 July 2016

Faruk Hossain, claimed by police to be a member of a gang of robbers, was picked up in Jessore on July 1, 2016 by four men on two motorbikes identifying themselves as police officers. Police later said his body was found following a gunfight on July 2, 2016

Saiful Islam, 25
Picked up on July 1, 2016. Dead body found on July 19, 2016

Saiful Islam, an activist of the Jamaat-e-Islami student wing, was picked up by police from his hostel in Jhenaidah along with four other students on July 1, 2016 , and was seen the following day by his family at a police station. Nearly three weeks later, on July 19, 2016, police claimed to have found his body close to Jhenaidah highway following a gunfight with criminals.

Nurun Nabi, 28, and Nurul Islam Rashed, 27
Picked up on 23 June 2016. Dead bodies found on July 5, 2016

Nurun Nabi and Nurul Islam Rashed, suspected of involvement in the killing of a police officer’s wife, were picked up by police from a house in the Millitarir Pool area in Chittagong on June 23, 2016 where they were staying. Two weeks later, the police stated that their bodies were found on July 5, 2016 following a gunfight at MBW Brick field close to the city

Ibnul Islam Parvez
Picked up on June 16, 2016. Dead body found on July 2, 2016

Ibnul Islam Parvez, former president of the Jhenaidah district town unit Jamaat student wing, was picked up from a hostel in Dhaka in June 16, 2016 (along with Anisur Rahman, see above). Two weeks later, on July 2, 2016 the police said that Parvez’s body was found in Aruakandi village following a gunfight

Shahid Al Mahmud and Anisur Rahman
Picked up on June 13, and 16, 2016. Dead bodies found on July 1, 2016

Shahid Al Mahmud, a cattle farmer and Jamaat-e-Islami student activist, was picked up early in the morning on 13 June 2016 from his house in Jhenaidah in front of his parents and taken away in a microbus. Anisur Rahman, also a student activist, was picked up three days later from a hostel in Dhaka. Their bodies were recovered two weeks later. Police claimed they were killed during a gunfight with criminals at the Tatultala-Naldanga road in Jhenaidah

Sohanur Rahman
Picked up on April 10, 2016. Dead body found on April 20, 2016

Sohanur Rahman, a supporter of the Jamaat-e-Islami, was arrested in Ishwarba village in Jhenaidah, in front of his younger brother. His body, with bullet injuries, was found 10 days later.

Abu Jar Gifari and Shamim Mahmud
Picked up on March 18 and 25, 2016. Dead bodies found together on April 13, 2016

Abu Jar Gifari, a Jamaat-e-Islami student leader in Jhenaidah, was picked up as he left the mosque after Friday prayers on March 18 by four armed men in plainclothes, who identified themselves as police. Shamim Mahmud, also a Jamaat-e-Islami student activist, was picked up outside a grocery store by men claiming to be police on March 25. Nearly three weeks later, on April 13 their bodies were recovered, allegedly with bullet wounds, near the cremation ground in Jessore Sadar Upazila.

Mukul Rana (Sharif alias Saleh alias Arif)
Picked up on February 23, 2016, killed on June 19, 2016

Mukul Rana, accused of involvement in the killing of blogger Avijit Roy, was picked up and put in a microbus from Bashundia intersection in Jessore by men who self-identified as police. Four months later, police said his body was recovered after a gunfight

Mohammad Jasim Uddin
Picked up February 12, 2016, dead body found March 2, 2016

Mohammad Jasim Uddin, a student at Jhenaidah Alia Madrasa and a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami student wing, was picked up in Dhaka by some men in plainclothes claiming to be police. His body was found in a field 20 days later bearing torture marks.

Abu Huraira
Picked up January 24, 2016, dead body found February 29, 2016

Abu Huraira, a teacher at Kuthi Durgapur Madrasa and a senior member of Jamaat-e-Islami in Jhenaidah, was picked up outside the school where he taught by men who identified themselves as Detective Branch members. His body was found a month later on the Jessore-Jhenaidah road

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