Bangladesh ordered all educational institutions on Sunday to notify authorities about students who have been absent for over 10 straight days following reports that some of the militants who carried out recent terror attacks were students who had been missing for months.
The decision to demand lists of students was taken at a meeting of education ministry officials, chaired by minister Nurul Islam Nahid.
The ministry later issued an order in this regard, which said the institutions will have to make the lists of the absentee students and submit them to the education officers, bdnews24.com reported.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had appealed to parents last week to inform authorities of their missing children. “Terrorism will never be tolerated in Bangladesh. The government will do everything to establish peace,” she had said and vowed to track down missing children.
After the July 1 Dhaka cafe attack, Bangladesh police and Rapid Action Battalion issued an alert, saying leaving home and joining militants had become a trend among youth.
The five militants who killed 22 people, including an Indian, at the Dhaka cafe had been missing for several months, their relatives have said.
The suspected attacker of the second attack on an Eid gathering, who was killed in a firefight, had also been missing since March, police said.
Four of the six youth who attacked the Dhaka café were students of top English medium schools. Two of them were university students. Security forces have alerted parents to report their missing children.
After the cafe terror attack, parents of 10 more youth, who have been missing for several months, have sought police help to find them.