Elias remains untracedStaff Correspondent
Police file two cases over Thursday’s Naya Paltan violence
The police filed two cases against 30 named and around 5,500 unnamed leaders and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party after Thursday’s violence in Naya Paltan area in the capital.
BNP leaders and activists on Thursday staged demonstrations and clashed with the police at Naya Paltan in protest against the disappearance of the party organising secretary and former lawmaker Elias Ali.
At least 70 people, including a dozen policemen, were injured in the fierce clashes. A number of vehicles, including police cars, were also torched during the trouble.
Paltan police sub-inspectors Mohsin Uddin and Nasir Uddin filed the cases on Thursday night against the persons on charge of arson attacks on vehicles, vandalism and attack on police during the violence, said Paltan police duty officer Mohammad Shahidullah.
The police did not arrest anyone yet in connection with the incident.
Uddin filed one case against 20 named and 4,000 to 5,000 unnamed people. Some of the named persons are Chhatra Dal Dhaka city north unit president Abul Monsur Khan Dipak, general secretary Kamal Anwar Ayub and Dhaka city south unit Swechchhasebak Dal convener Yasin Ali.
In the other case, sub-inspector Nasir Uddin named 10 and 400 to 500 unnamed people. Chhatra Dal Dhaka city south unit convener Habibur Rahman Habib and Rafiqul Islam Majnu are among the persons named in the case.
Police and law enforcers could not yet trace Elias Ali or establish what led to his mysterious disappearance from Banani in the capital on Tuesday night.
Three teams of police, detective branch of police and RAB-1 were investigating the incident.
Banani police officer-in-charge Mamun-ur-Rashid said the police were trying their best to trace Elias and crack the mystery.
‘Our investigation team on Friday went to Elias Ali’s house and talked to his wife for additional information but until now we could not trace him or make any headway...,’ he said.
Elias Ali, made the last call from the city’s Eskaton area before his mobile was switched off, investigators said after tracking the calls made from his cell phone, reports bdnews24.com.
The last person he had talked with was a journalist from Sylhet and the conversation took place at 12:02am Wednesday, Rapid Action Battalion investigators said.
Elias had called up his driver before making the last call to the journalist, RAB said.
RAB already questioned the journalist and said that the conversation was about publishing some reports relating to the development of Sylhet.
Before going missing, Elias also visited Bangla Motors and Ruposhi Bangla Hotel areas. It has also been confirmed that Elias had gone to the hotel and talked to a person there, the investigators added.
Banani police inspector (investigation) Mainul Islam said they had visited South Point School and municipal park area on Thursday to inquire into a general diary lodged with the police station about the disappearance of Elias Ali and his driver.
‘Our personnel in plain clothes secretly talked to security guards of several buildings and the night guards of the area where Elias’s car was found abandoned, who were on duty on that night and local people of the area,’ he said.
Mahbubur Rahman, deputy commissioner (north) of the detective branch of police, said, ‘Our team and other law enforcement agencies are trying to find out Elias and his driver.’
‘We are doing everything possible to trace him and his driver…’, he said.
‘Until now we could not discover any vital clue to the mystery of his disappearance,’ he added.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party organising secretary M Elias Ali went missing from Dhaka around midnight past Tuesday.
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