Missing man’s kin distraught

2013-07-25 00:00

“I DREAMT that my brother returned home, but when I woke up I cried when I realised it was just a dream.”

Yesterday, the brother of local businessman Solaiman Rahaman (41), who has been missing since last Monday, after being seen getting bundled into a Toyota RunX by unknown men, spoke of his family’s fears for the safety of his sibling.

Lockman Hossain told The Witness that the family had spent sleepless nights not knowing where he is.

Rahaman is a businessman from Bangladesh.

Hossain said he phoned Rahaman as he was closing his shop in Bombay Road at about 9 pm on Monday, July 15.

“As time went by, he did not return home. We started thinking that maybe he had been involved in an accident.

“When we phoned him, one of his phones was on voicemail, and the second one rang without being answered and was later switched off,” Hossain said.

Concerned that something had happened to him on his way back home, Hossain and another brother took a taxi to try to find him.

On their way to the shop, they found their brother’s bakkie abandoned at the side of the road.

“God knows the best and knows where he is,” said Hossain.

“It has been 10 days now and no one has contacted us to say he has been kidnapped.

“We are worried about what they are doing with him.”

He said that after seeing the story in the newspapers about an Underberg businessman who was kidnapped, he fears his brother is also being tortured by his abductors.

He said he had no idea why his brother would be kidnapped as he did not have enemies, and if he had been kidnapped, why the family had not been contacted.

Rahaman’s wife and two children are in Bangladesh.

“We can’t even tell the family back home about this as it may affect them badly.

“Our parents are old and would not be able to cope with the news,” said Hossain.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Rahaman was driving towards his house in a white Nissan Hardbody bakkie after closing his business in Northdale when he went missing.

“It is alleged that he was seen being flagged down along Newholmes Way in the Newholmes area, and forced out of his vehicle by three unknown men and then into an unknown gold Toyota RunX,” said Jeevan.

“The vehicle thereafter sped off.”

She urged anyone with information on the matter to contact Sergeant Sheldon Norman, of Mountain Rise police station, at 033 387 9528 or 084 633 7610, or to phone Crime Stop anonymously at 08600 10111.

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