Police in Chattogram, unable to find Chhatra Dal leader Kazi Selim Uddin, instead arrested his younger brother, Kazi Najim Uddin, on Monday.
Najim was taken into custody on false drug-related charges, a claim vehemently denied by his family. According to sources, Najim is not involved in any form of politics and is identified as an athlete within the community.
As per police and party insiders, an operation was conducted at Selim's house in the Bari Bakun Union of Sitakunda on Sunday night. However, the student leader was not present at the time. Failing to locate him, the police apprehended his younger brother, Najim, instead.
Najim was produced in court on Monday, where he was remanded into custody in connection with the alleged drug case. Najim is a registered athlete with the district sports organization.
Contrary to the police's assertions, locals, as well as sports officials, have confirmed Najim's lack of involvement in any criminal activities. Fazle Elahi, the Joint Secretary of Sitakunda Sports Association and a councilor, stated that Najim is not affiliated with politics and is actively engaged in sports. Additionally, Najim is listed as a member of both the Chattogram Sports Association and the local sports organization.
Confirming the arrest, SI Nasir Uddin of Sitakunda Police Station stated that Kazi Najim Uddin was recently implicated in a drug-related case, leading to his arrest through a legal process.
The arrest has raised concerns among the community, with many questioning the motives behind targeting a sports personality in connection with a case involving a student politician.