The Detective Branch (DB) of police has rejected claims that they picked up five youths on early Thursday from the district.
The young men are – Sohan Hossain, son of Saheb Ali; Shukur, son of Aziz of Arabpur in the district town; Ripon, son of Liakat Ali of Ranibazar in Sadar upazila; Yasin, son of Chand Sikdar of Bahadurpur village in Sadar upazila; while the identity of the other youth could not be known.
Sohan’s father said several members of DB police came to their house and took away his son around 12:30am. On the same night, Shukur was picked up by police.
Shukur’s wife Lucky Akhter said her husband went to the district town on Thursday night around 8pm and did not return. A general diary was filed with Kotwali Police Station in this connection.
Locals said Yasin had also gone missing the same way.
Sub-Inspector Shamim Akhter of Kotwali Police Station said they are investigating the matter.
“We searched for Shukur and Sohan but couldn’t find anyone,” said Milon Kumar Mondol, in-charge of Kosba Police Outpost.
Maruf Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Jashore DB police, said they did not detain anyone on Thursday night.
“We didn’t conduct any drive that night,” said Touhidur Rahman, additional superintendent (special branch) of Jashore police, suggesting the victims’ families to contact nearby police stations.