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Sikder Group smelling a conspiracy

Sikder Group on Saturday urged all parties to refrain from running false and fabricated stories about the group’s managing director Ron Haque Sikder, following his controversial return to the country on Friday – presumably to perform the last rites for his father.

One of the country’s most successful businessmen, Zainul Haque Sikder, father of Ron, breathed his last at a Dubai hospital on Wednesday. He was 91.

The Sikder Group managing director left the country at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic last May. It followed the filing of a case against him over the alleged abduction and torture of two bank officials.

He re-entered the country on Friday and reportedly submitted himself for arrest – thereby setting in motion the process of securing bail. It was all compressed into 5 breezy hours.

In the statement, sent by Sikder Group Chief Operation Officer (COO) and director Syed Qamrul Islam, it said several newspapers ran ‘untrue and confusing news items about Ron Haque Sikder’s arrest and securing bail in a case.’

The statement insists Ron Haque secured bail from the court following all legal procedures and proper rules.

“Sikder Group has full respect for law. But a few newspapers carried imaginary and confusing reports with an ill-motive to divert the issue in a different direction, which is not proper and acceptable in professional journalism,” Qamrul said.

Sikder Group wished to state unequivocally that the case in this regard is under investigation. Considering anyone guilty before the investigation is fully unjust and immoral.

The Chairman of Sikder Group Zainul Haque Sikder was a freedom fighter and visionary industrialist, who worked for the betterment of the country throughout his entire life, the statement asserted.