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Police finally accept case of missing journalist Kajol

  • Published at 11:58 pm March 18th, 2020
Shafiqul Islam Kajol
Shafiqul Islam Kajol Collected

Kajol was last seen at Paribagh near Hatirpool at about 6:45pm on March 10 before he went missing, according to his family

After rejecting case of journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, who has been missing since March 10, police have finally accepted the case.

His son Monorom Polok filed the case with Chawkbazar police station around 10pm on Wednesday against several unnamed individuals.

Kajol was last seen at Paribagh near Hatirpool at about 6:45pm on March 10 before he went missing, according to his family.

Kajol’s friend, seeking anonymity, meanwhile alleged that he was "forcibly disappeared."

Earlier on Wednesday, the High Court wanted to know why New Market police station did not record a missing case of journalist Kajol after it was instructed to do so.

The court asked Assistant Attorney General Md Mahafujur Rahman Likhon to communicate this to New Market police station, collect the relevant information and place before it by 11am Thursday.

The bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Riaz Uddin Khan further said it would pass an order on this matter on Thursday.

The bench came up with the suo moto order after a publication of a report in an English daily.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua placed the report before the bench around 12pm.

Kajol is the editor of the fortnightly Pakkhokal and he worked for the daily Samakal and Bonik Barta as a photo-journalist.

Kajol, including Manabzamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury and 30 others, accused in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for publishing and sharing a news article on social media regarding expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Noor Papia, have been missing since March 10 when the case was lodged against Kajol.

Immediately after Kajol went missing, a general diary (GD) was filed with Chawkbazar police station as Kajol lived in Bakshibazar, Dhaka, with his family.

Kajol's family then tried to file an enforced disappearance case but Chawkbazar police station referred them to New Market police station as he was last seen in front of his office in Hatirpool's Meher Tower.

However, New Market police station also shrugged off their responsibility by stating that the case was under Chawkbazar police station's jurisdiction.