Two Rohingya men allegedly abducted four school students for ransom from Khuniapalong in Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday, reports UNB.
The abducted students are -- Mohammad Kaiser, Mizanur Rahman Nayan, and Mizanur Rahman, eighth graders in Sonarpara High school and Zahedul Islam, a 10th grader at the same school.
The two accused are Jahangir and Ibrahim, residents of camp-26 at Noapara in Teknaf upazila, and both are staff of Batighar cottage in Cox’s Bazar, locals said.
The two reportedly lured the boys with a promise to take them to Saint Martin’s Island on a visit.
The family members of the students said the abductors already demanded Tk 2 million (20 lakh) as ransom money.
A complaint has been lodged at the Ramu police station by the victim’s families, said Arup Kumar Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of the police station.
According to the complaint, the four students had a friendship with two Rohingya staff. On Tuesday the two staff took the students to Hoaikhyang area in Teknaf by telling them they are going to visit Saint Martin’s Island.
On Wednesday noon, calling from an unknown number the abductors demanded the ransom money and threatened to kill the students if their demand was not met, said the complaint.
Victim Zahedul’s father Abdus Salam said, the mobile phone numbers of the four students along with the two Rohingyas remained unreachable since Tuesday.
“The abductors claimed money identifying them as Rohingya terrorists,” he said.
OC Arup Kumar said they have advised the families to lodge a complaint with the Teknaf police station as the incident occurred there.
“With the assistance of the Teknaf police we will investigate into the incident, “ he added.