Police denied former Railway Minister Suranjit Sengupta’s Assistant Personal Secretary’s driver Azam Khan and his family security by refusing to lodge a general diary complaint on Thursday, allege close kin of Khan.
Khan’s elder brother Shah Alam Khan levelled the charge at a press conference at the local Reporters Unity office on Thursday night.
Alam Khan claimed police refused to lodge a complaint when he went to the Matlab Police Station (South) over their concern for the safety of the family.
In a written statement read out before the journalists, Alam Khan claimed they were completely in dark regarding the whereabouts of Azam Khan for the last five months since Apr 9, when Sengupta’s APS Omar Faruque, a railway General Manager Yusuf Ali Mridha and a Railway Police Commandant Enamul Hoque were caught with Tk 7.4 million on them near the Border Guard Bangladesh headquarters at Peelkhana.
He said they searched every possible place they could to find out their brother but failed to trace him.
The first time Alam Khan saw his brother’s face since the incident was on Oct 5, when he was seen giving an interview to a private television channel saying Sengupta had struck a Tk 100-million deal with the railway GM for appointing 600 employees on his recommendation.
According to him, they are yet to get back to Azam Khan and could not get a clue to his current whereabouts even after trying repeatedly after the interview was aired.
Alam Khan said the sudden appearance of his brother on television and his going into missing once again had renewed safety concerns about him, his elderly parents and other members of the family.
He alleged the duty officer refused to accept the complaint.
The family’s move to file the complaint came a week after Azam Khan appeared in a television interview from an undisclosed location.
When contacted, Matlab (South) Police Station’s Officer in Charge Md Erfan said nobody from Azam’s family talked to him for filing a complaint.
He, however, later admitted that someone had come to the police station and was advised to file the complaint somewhere in Dhaka from where his brother had gone missing.
The driver’s disappearance since the incident gave rise to speculation about him becoming a victim of ‘forced disappearance’ to cover up the scandal that brought the government harsh criticism, mainly from the opposition.
Newspapers reported aspirants had bribed the minister for appointment in the railways.