The Election Commission has directed the district administration and police to conduct an investigation into the alleged disappearance of a candidate in the upcoming Brahmanbaria-2 (Sarail-Ashuganj) by-polls.
Abu Asif Ahmed, an independent candidate, has been missing for the last three days.
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“We have asked the deputy commissioner, the superintendent of police, and the district election officer of Brahmanbaria to look into the matter,” Election Commissioner Rashida Sultana said today while talking to reporters.
“We heard the claim from media that he [the candidate] has been detained. So we asked for the probe to know the truth,” she said.
Abu Asif Ahmed left his house in Ashuganj after lunch on Friday for campaigning and he could not be reached over the phone since that evening, his wife Meherunnesa told The Daily Star.
Voters consider Asif, a former upazila chairman, to be the main rival of another independent runner, Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan, an expelled BNP leader who is contesting the February 1 by-election “with blessings from the ruling Awami League”.