The ‘disappearance’ phenomenon and …

Polash Datta

Polash Datta

In the end it’s the game of politics. It’s the blame game legacy of the two key political parties of Bangladesh- the Awami League and the BNP. The parties, the media, even the people do not care about the number of disappeared. Only the name is the countable one!

Well, do you think that the ‘disappearance’ phenomenon- of political & rights activists- marked its presence with the much talked about BNP leader Ilias Ali disappearance incident? That’s not true. If you agree to do the ‘hard work’ to Google with few appropriate key words, you will find that this is been happening for quite a few months. Really? Could that be so! Yes, in the awake of criticism by the international human rights groups’ extra-judicial killings by the ‘elite police force’ Rapid Action Battalion has sharply gone down in recent months.

Disappearance of a Bangladesh Chatra Dal local leader- the student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party- did not mean much for the party or media. The disappearance of an ex-Student Union leader did not turned out to be first page news for the newspapers.

And interestingly incidents of disappearance have been reported since that fall down in extra-judicial killings. The 2012 human rights report by the New York based rights group Human Rights Watch states, “Although the number of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) killings has dropped following domestic and international criticism, there was a sharp increase in enforced disappearances, leading to concerns that security agencies have replaced one form of abuse with another.” In some cases relatives of the disappeared one had spoken in press conferences. All of them claimed that plain clothe police had taken their relatives, and they did not return. In the middle of 2011 we had experienced reports of discovering ‘unknown’ peoples’ dead body from rivers in Munshiganj, later their relatives identified them. Though the law enforcers were not held responsible for those disappearances, it’s widely speculated that their enemies had ‘used’ the law enforcers to disappear them.

All the disappearance incidents had become ‘regular’ news item in Bangladeshi newspapers. Disappearance of a Bangladesh Chatra Dal local leader- the student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party- did not mean much for the party or media. The disappearance of an ex-Student Union leader did not turned out to be first page news for the newspapers. There was no follow up report on the disappearance and death of a garment workers’ rights activist. The garment activist’s disappearance and death managed to draw the attention of international media, as their country buy readymade clothes from Bangladesh. But all on a sudden the Ilias Ali disappearance awaked the international media. Why is it so? Because he is a ‘central leader’ of the main opposition party BNP. His disappearance causes countrywide dawn to dusk strike. A huge number of the media outlets jumps in to report on the disappearance issue, following the Ilias aftermath.

Dear reader, do I want to say that world media should not have reported on disappearance? Do I intend to make you think that we should not be concerned of such an issue? No, I just want to say, if the disappeared one was you or me, there would not be such a vibration. There would not be any strike. There would not be any report in the world. In the end it’s the game of politics. It’s the blame game legacy of the two key political parties of Bangladesh- the Awami League and the BNP. The parties, the media, even the people do not care about the number of disappeared. Only the name is the countable one!


131 Responses to “The ‘disappearance’ phenomenon and …”

  1. Helal Khan

    There are many reasons to believe that Ilyas Ali’s so called disappearance is a pre-planned event deliberately done by BNP to create chaos and anarchy in the country.

    1. Khaleda Zia never called on Ilyas Ali’s wife. Instead she castigated her for cooperating with the government including the heads of RAB and police to find her husband.

    2. Sahara Khatun and police IG rushed to Ilyas Ali’s residence to comfort his wife and assure her of government’s all out effort to find Ilyas Ali.

    3. Totally useless and failed hartals for five days that failed to draw any more than 20-25 people in any of the processions in Dhaka.

    4. Criminal. thugs and destitutes from Korail and other slums were given Taka 500-1000 to stage demonstrations as students of Titumir college at Mohakhali and other places, hurl bombs at buses packed with passengers, set public and private buses and cars on fire and throw crackers at passersby to terrorize common people.

    5. Mirza Fakrul Islam’s call for setting the country on fire from the first day of the second failed hartal. This is unequivocally a shameful act for any party leader. This is unconstitutional and anti-state activity.

    Hartal has lost its significance in Bangladesh. I have seen many people in Dhaka saying that they would take out their cars on hartal days in future even at the risk of losing their cars. There should be a limit to the destructive politics orchestrated by BNP and like-minded war criminal infested political parties.

    Now its very easy to recognize and identify the criminals who kill people intentionally not only on hartal day but also the day before. These criminals should be picked up and shown on TV and interrogated live on public TV channel to unearth the actual criminals working behind the scene. Khaleda Zia should be held responsible for the death of the bus driver who was set alight and roasted alive while he was resting in his bus after a long tiring trip.

    I also demand that DMP and DCC install close circuit cameras and big displays at major cross roads including Tongi bridge, Shajalal airport, Kakoli, Tejgaon, Farmgate, Shahbagh, Press club, Motijheel, Mirpur, 1, 2, 10, Shamoli, Zero Point, Gulistan and other important cross sections to monitor and discipline traffic and at the same time identify miscreants and terrorists trying to destabilize and derail democracy in Bangladesh.

  2. Biprotik Barua

    To: Mr.Helal Khan (One of the Learned Analysts):

    1. Why didn’t you have any clue(as you are living in a digital BD) to suggest to retrieve any camera; cell phone, video or CCTV records from any buildings, roadposts or roadside pillars,(from Police or private citizens)near and around Banani area to digout the incidence of unscrupulous grabbing of Illias Ali from one of the posh areas of capital city Dhaka, Banani?

    2.This is because, we came to know that there are no more human witnesses available, for the reason that police confirmed the green coconut seller was Schizophrenic?

    3. So, if you could have put this digital suggestion ahead of your all assumed points from 1 to 5 as conspiracy theories (to you, this is an orchestra of BNP), then all the answers would have been cleared as anything as crystal clear.

    4. Before doing this please donot go for procastination, and drive for some the practical points to find the truth…certainly there are some digital and/or analog evidences are available, find it and surface it as early as possible.

    5. If you are to established ’cause effect’ relationship, then you have to trailback, why home ministry has failed to control the security situation of Bangladesh, why these incidences are happening one after another, in your next door?

    6. Please dont want to divert the search of truth by your mere emotions or near soft conner to one side than another…

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