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POST TIME: 11 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 September, 2018 01:29:42 AM
Now police confirm arrest of 12 ‘missing’ students
Confirmation follows guardians’ Sunday briefing on students going missing
Staff Reporter

Now police confirm arrest of 12 ‘missing’ students

The Detective Branch (DB) has arrested 12 students for spreading rumours during the recent student-led protest for safer roads, police said yesterday. The arrestees included Tarek Aziz, one of the main ‘culprits’. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) told the media that the accused students were arrested following a raid by a special team of DB-North at Tejkunipara on Sunday.

The arrested students were identified as Tarek Aziz, Jahirul Islam Hasib, Saifullah Bin Mansur, Gazi M Borhan Uddin, Al Amin, Mujahidul Islam, Jahangir Alam, Mahfuz, Raihanul Abedin, Iftekhar Alam and Mehedi Hasan Rajib. A court yesterday placed all of them on a two-day remand in a case filed for assaulting police when sub-inspector Abdur Rahman of Tejgaon Industrial Police Station produced them before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin seeking a seven-day remand, adds UNB. Tarek Aziz was granted another two-day remand in another case filed under the ICT Act.

However, a day ahead of the press conference by police, the parents of the arrested students had claimed that they were picked up by DB in the early hours of September 5 (Wednesday).

But DMP denied any such operation on September 5 and maintained that the students were arrested on September 9. DB-North deputy commissioner Mashiur Rahmam said the parents of the students were “detached” with their sons and didn’t know what they were

involved with. During the raid, police said they seized 12 sets of school uniforms, 13 ID cards (even though there was no similarity between the educational institutions they were studying in with the names mentioned in the ID cards), hand-mike, magnifying glass, hammer, screw driver, three laptops, the manifesto and different forms of Islamic Chatra Shibir, the students’ diaries and photos from their Facebook posts on the protest for safer roads.

Police have also recovered hard drives and pen drives as well as the videos used to spread rumours during the protest. The law enforcers accused the students of spreading rumours of rape and murder of students during the protest with the help of social media. The arrestees admitted of doing these intentionally to divert the flow of the protest towards a different direction, they added.

Police said the 12 accused masqueraded as school students and took part in a protest march from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Tejgaon area on August 6. Around 300 to 400 students participated in the march. The protesters chanted anti-government slogans and threw bricks and stones at the law enforcers, injuring several personnel of Tejgaon police, including Abu Hazzaz, Imam Hossain, Azad and Ibrahim.