Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit or CTTC has arrested a government doctor, who allegedly went missing earlier in November, on charges that he is an active member of banned militant group Ansar Al Islam.
Dr Md Zakir Hossain of Bhanga Upazila Health Complex in Faridpur was arrested in Dhaka’s Jatrabari on Wednesday.
A Dhaka court on Thursday granted police two days to grill Zakir in custody, said Ahmedul Islam, an additional commissioner of CTTC.
Local Health and Family Planning Officer Dr Mohsin Uddin Fakir said he learnt from police that Zakir was arrested in Dhaka because he was a member of a banned militant group.
Md Ziaurl Islam, chief of Bhanga Police Station said Mohsin and Zakir’s father-in-law filed two general diaries on Nov 10, claiming Zakir had gone missing.
A native of Manikganj, Zakir joined the Upazila health complex in 2019 after passing the 38th BCS exams.
According to the general diaries, Zakir left his workplace after the end of his shift on Nov 8 afternoon.
On Nov 9 night, the father of one sent a message to his wife’s mobile phone saying his phone would run out of power anytime soon.
He also sent another message to the health and family planning officer, saying he would need to go to Dhaka on Nov 10 as his “mother-in-law was sick”.