Bnp leader Salahuddin Ahmed traced in Meghalaya

Bnp leader Salahuddin Ahmed traced in Meghalaya

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BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, who was missing for over two months, has been traced on Monday morning at a mental hospital in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya, closed to the Bangladeshi border.
Sources in the capital city of Shillong said local people found Salahuddin Ahmed from Golf Link area when he was wandering aimlessly then they informed police about him. Shillong police took him into custody and sent to Meghalaya Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (MIMHANS) Hospital in Shillong, Meghalaya for treatment, sources added.
Hasina Ahmed, wife of the former state minister, also confirmed media about the whereabouts of Salahuddin at a press briefing at her Gulshan residence yesterday.
“He (Salahuddin) has been traced at Meghalaya Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (MIMHANS) Hospital in Shillong, Meghalaya. The hospital authorities informed me over telephone and later my husband talked to me and said he is alive,” she said.
Salahuddin’s wife, also a former BNP lawmaker sought government’s cooperation to bring back Salahuddin in the country.
She further said they are trying to reach him (Salahuddin) as soon as possible and sought cooperation from all concerned.
After receiving information on whereabouts of her husband, Hasina met BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office at 11:40am, according to party sources. During her stay at Khaleda’s residence, Salahuddin Ahmed also talked to the BNP Chairperson, sources said.
Hasina Ahmed said that knowing about Salahuddin’s whereabouts, the former premier expressed her gratitude to the Almighty Allah.
Earlier, after emerging from Khaleda’s residence, Hasina Ahmed confirmed journalists that her husband has been traced in a hospital in Meghalaya.
Meanwhile, when contacted Shillong Times editor Manas Chaudhuri yesterday told The Independent that local people suspected the movement Salahuddin Ahmed as he was wandering aimlessly in Golf Link area of Shillong city on Monday morning.
Later, the people informed the police and then Shillong police arrested him.
Referring to Shillong police Chaudhuri, also a former cabinet minister of Meghalaya government said firstly they suspected that he was abnormal and he was admitted to a civil hospital of Shillong and later he was referred to National Institute of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS).
A doctor of MIMHANS Hospital informed him that Salahuddin was well but he has cardiac problems. “Later he was admitted in a civil hospital for treatment under police custody,” he added.
Shillong Times said police on Monday morning arrested one Bangladeshi national from the city. Police said that the Bangladeshi national Salahuddin Ahmed (54) was arrested from Golf Link area in Shillong. The matter is under investigation.
Salahuddin Ahmed went missing from a residence at Uttara in the city on March 10. He was performing duties as party’s spokesperson after the arrests of two other leaders Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
BNP and Salahuddin’s family members have been blaming law enforcers behind his disappearance.
Salahuddin Ahmed’s disappearance at the height of anti-government raised widespread concern following similar disappearances of opposition activists including former lawmaker Elias Ali and former ward commissioner Chowdhury Alam.
Hasina Ahmed alleged that her husband was picked up by detective police personnel from a house located at Road No. 13-B, Uttara Section No. 3 on the night of March 10. Police and the government however denied that he was in their custody.
She said then that the BNP leader had called her over phone just before he went missing.
Hasina further complained that the Uttara and Gulshan police stations had refused to accept their complaints before moving the High Court, seeking whereabouts of her husband. The law-enforcers told the court that he was not arrested and they do not know whereabouts of Salahuddin.
On April 12, the High Court instructed authorities to carry on search for Salahuddin and to file a report every month on its progress for the next six months.
Salahuddin had issued a number of hard-hitting anti-government statements from an unidentified location urging people to join the months-long transport blockade announced by party chief Khaleda Zia aiming at toppling the government.
Statements signed by Salahuddin were being circulated to the media until Mar 10, when he “disappeared”.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said then that the BNP leader was not arrested, but was being sought by the security forces.
She also hinted that the BNP had orchestrated his ‘disappearance’.
Hasina Ahmed sought the prime minister’s intervention to trace her husband and went to the PMO twice on Mar 19 and Apr 7 to hand over memorandums.
She also sought an appointment with the prime minister.
Salahuddin Ahmed, also a former BNP lawmaker had served as an assistant private secretary to Khaleda during her 1991-96 tenure when he was a junior civil servant.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Islam said the conversation between Salahudidn Ahmed and his wife made it clear that the BNP leader was not abducted by law enforcing agencies.
He made this comments while talking to reporters at Police Headquarters in the city after the news spread about the Salahuddin‘s surfacing in a hospital in Shillong.
Police was looking for him after he went missing. A number of sabotage cases were filed against him,” he said adding, “The court has issued arrest of warrants against him and we will look into the matter as to how he went to India.”
Awami League leader and minister for health Mohammad Nasim has alleged that the Bnp had spread false stories about Salahuddin Ahmed during the last two months.
Inspector General of Police Shahidul Haque said they would investigate as to how the Bnp leader managed to get to the Indian state of Meghalaya.
Salahuddin Ahmed’s wide Hasina Ahmed has said that she would go to India to bring her missing husband back. – Staff Reporter

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