Missing BNP leader Salahuddin's wife seeks PM's intervention again

Missing BNP leader Salahuddin's wife seeks PM's intervention again

The wife of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, who has been "missing" since March 10, submitted another memorandum to the PM yesterday, seeking her intervention to trace him.

Hasina Ahmed, also a former BNP lawmaker, once again asked for an appointment with the premier in the memorandum.

She was accompanied by Salahuddin's brother and his wife while handing over the document to an office assistant of the Prime Minister's Office.

Following a writ petition filed by Hasina Ahmed with the High Court, police headquarters, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Rab, Criminal Investigation Department and Special Branch of police submitted five separate reports to the court, claiming they neither arrested nor detained the BNP leader.

The court is scheduled to resume hearing on the petition today.

On March 10, some 20 to 30 people detained Salahuddin from a house at Uttara in the capital, introducing themselves as law enforcers, especially as Detective Branch of police personnel, reads the memorandum.

"As a wife and mother, I have once again appealed to the prime minister who is also a mother and a wife like me, seeking her intervention to get my husband back.

"I humbly request her [the PM] to give instructions to law enforcement agencies for finding out my husband," Hasina Ahmed told The Daily Star after submitting the document yesterday.

A grieving Hasina Ahmed also said they were "200 per cent sure" that members of law enforcement agencies had picked up her husband from an Uttara House on March 10 night.

"I hope the anxiety and cry of a family will touch your [the PM] soft heart as you are the chief of the government and a people of conscience," Hasina Ahmed wrote in the memorandum.

"Twenty-eight days have been passed since my husband went missing. But neither the government nor the law enforcement agencies told us anything about the fate of my husband," she said.

Hasina Ahmed added, "In my first letter to the PM, I sought an appointment to meet her. But she is yet to make time for me." "It is my fervent desire that I along with my children will meet you [the PM]. I hope you will be able to spend a little time for me in spite of being busy with hundreds of activities and considering my appeal."

On March 19, Salahuddin's wife submitted a memorandum to the PM urging her to take initiative to find out her husband and issue "special" guidelines for the law enforcers.

Yesterday, she reiterated in the memorandum if her husband committed any crime or was accused in any case, he should be produced before the court without any delay.

An emotional Hasina Ahmed also said they did not get any co-operation from any level of the government despite repeated attempts in the last 28 days.

"Even law enforcement agencies did not extend proper co-operation in this connection," she added.

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