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HRFB: Who is to blame for police’s failure to find journo Kajol

  • Published at 12:21 am April 30th, 2020
Shafiqul Islam Kajol
Shafiqul Islam Kajol Collected

Journalist Kajol has been missing since March 10

Human Rights Forum Bangladesh (HRFB) expressed grave concern over the alleged enforced disappearance of journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol and has asked for explanations from the authority for police’s failure to locate him.

The human rights group released a statement in this regard on Wednesday.

It said there were no explanations from the police on what steps have been taken to find journalist Kajol as he has been missing for 50 days.

HRFB urged the law enforcement agencies to find the journalist and return him safely to his family.

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

Kajol, who was accused along with Manabzamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury and 30 others 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, has been missing since March 10 when the case was lodged. 

Nearly two weeks after Kajol’s disappearance, a security camera video emerged on March 22, which showed Kajol being followed prior to his disappearance.

“CCTV footage reveals Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol being followed, his motorbike tampered with, before what is feared to be an enforced disappearance,” the UK-based human rights group said in the tweet.

Dhaka Tribune could not verify the authenticity of the video independently.

Over 40 days into his disappearance, police say they had found his mobile phone was switched on for a short period on April 9.