The United Nations and human rights groups including Human Rights Watchand Amnesty International have been warning for years that forced disappearances and extra-judicial killings are common in Bangladesh. But this year, there has been an alarming rise in the number of cases.
The men who came for Gen Azmi did not produce any identification documents.
They demanded to know where the control room for the CCTV cameras was, and took the discs from the system.
When Mr Azad, the caretaker, told them he did not know where the former brigadier general was, they dragged him into a side room off the garage and beat him.
He kept silent, so they began searching flat by flat, working their way slowly up through the building.
The Bangladeshi human rights organisations Odhikar and Ain-o-Salish Kendra keep a running tally of the number of people who have been taken.
They believe some 60 people have gone missing in similar circumstances this year alone, and about 300 over the seven years since the government has been in power.
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