The return of Hummam Quader Chowdhury, son of executed war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, has sparked hope in the families of Mir Quasem Ali and razakar kingpin Ghulam Azam that their sons too will come back one day.
Speaking with the Dhaka Tribune on Saturday, family members of Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem, son of executed war criminal Mir Quasem, and Brig Gen (dismissed) Abdullahil Amaar Azmi, son of Ghulam Azam, said they had never given up their hope that their sons would return, even though they went missing months ago.
In separate events, Hummam, Mir Ahmad and Amaan went missing in Dhaka in August last year. Their families claimed that they had been abducted by the security forces.
Hummam resurfaced near his Dhanmondi residence around 3am on Thursday. His family said he cannot remember who dropped him off in Dhanmondi and is physically and mentally unwell.
“My hope for my son's return has increased after I learnt that Hummam had come back,” said Mir Ahmad's mother Khandakar Ayesha. “We hope that the law enforcement agencies will find him.”
On August 9 last year, five days after Mir Ahmad went missing, his wife and sister claimed law enforcement authorities had abducted him.
Ayesha said the family filed a general diary with Pallabi police station in this regard.
When contacted, Pallabi police station OC Dadan Fakir said the Detective Branch of police was investigating the case and no updates had been reported so far.
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Meanwhile, Amaan Azmi's family claimed he was taken from home blindfolded on August 22.
“Since then, we have no contact with him. We pray for his return every day; we hope he is fine,” said Tasnim Anzum, Amaan's wife.
Syeda Adida Azam, Amaan's mother, said she was anxious about her son's well-being, but still hoped that he would come home.
Amaan Azmi, whose father died in jail in 2014 after he was convicted of committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, was dismissed from Bangladesh Army in 2009.
Several human rights organisations have hailed Hummam's return and demanded that the other two be released soon.
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) and London-based Amnesty International issued a joint statement on Friday saying the release of Hummam was “a step forward,” and demanded that the authorities immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of Amaan and Mir Ahmad.
“They should either be charged or released without delay,” it said.
Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW, alleged that the duo had been picked up in front of relatives and other eyewitnesses and “there is little room for denial that security forces were involved in their enforced disappearances.”