Vol. 4 Num 94 Fri. August 29, 2003  
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Jamal's family rocked by rumours

Panic gripped family members of abducted Chittagong billionaire businessman Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury after it was rumoured that Jamal was seen dead at Kanchannagar in Fatikchhari.

On Wednesday night, the rumour ran across the city that Jamal had died of a heart attack and his body was lying at a remote corner at Kanchannagar, about 10 kilometres off Fatikchhari Police Station.

Police rushed to the spot but found nothing in favour of the rumour.

"The IG (inspector general of police) expressed his optimism about the rescue of our father soon and the same night we heard such a rumour," said Chowdhury Arman Reza Rana, son of Jamal, in a choked voice.

"Some police officials rang us to know whether we had any information about father," said an astonished Farman Reza Liton, the eldest son.

"The role of police is very frustrating," said a close relative, seeking anonymity.

"The rescue operation is on but there is no development," said newly appointed Superintendent of Police of Chittagong district Mahbubur Rahman.

The abductors have suspended all contacts with the negotiators and police in the last four days, making the rescue operation all the more uncertain, sources said.

Jamal was abducted on July 24 from in front of his business firm at Kalachanpur in Chawkbazar in the city.