H.E. Sheikh Hasina
Honorable Prime Minister
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Subject-Request for probe in the matter of abduction and release of Mr. Abu Bakar Siddique
Honorable Prime Minister,
This is with reference to the news about the kidnapping of Mr. Abu Bakar Siddique, Executive director of ‘Hamid Fashions Ltd’ and husban of Ms. Syeda Rizwana Hasan of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyer’s Association (BELA) on April 16, 2014. It is indeed a good news that Mr.Siddique was released on April 18, 2014. He was abducted by unidentified men from Fatulla in Narayanganj, while he was travelling to Dhaka from Narayanganj by car.
We appreciate prompt action by Government of Bangladesh which led to the release of Mr. Abu Bakar Siddique after 35 hours.
We wish to submit that there is a compelling logic for the concerned authorities in Bangladesh to undertake rigorous probe the role of the individuals and the circumstances which led to this sad incident. (Photo: Rizwana Hasan with Abu Bakar Siddique)
We submit that environmental and human rights organisations from India and across the globe were outraged at this cowardly act of the kidnappers. We wish to know the reasons and chain of events that led to the emergence of this situation. The identity of the kidnappers must be made public and subjected to exemplary punishment as per law at the earliest to inspire confidence in the law enforcement agencies in Bangaldesh.
We demand prompt action against the culprits and an impartial investigation whose result of which must be made public in a time bound manner.
ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA)
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Professor Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Prime Minister (International Affairs)
Mr. Asaduzzaman Khan, State Minister for Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs
Mr. Anisul Huq, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
Md. Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr. Mahbubey Alam, Attorney General for Bangladesh, Attorney General's Office
H.E. Mr. Abdul Hannan, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations in Geneva
H.E. Mr Tariq Ahmad Karim, High Commissioner to India, Government of Bangladesh
H.E. Shri Pankaj Saran, High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Government of India
Shri Sandeep Chakravorty, Deputy High Commissioner, to Bangladesh, Government of India