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Photojournalist Kajol taken to BSMMU for health check-up

  • Published at 08:46 pm August 24th, 2020
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File photo: Police escort Shafiqul Islam Kajol at a Khulna court on Sunday, May 3, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Doctors at BSMMU tested Kajol for diabetes as well as neurological and liver issues

After repeated pleas from his family, ailing photojournalist Shafiqul Islam was finally taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for a health checkup on Monday.

Doctors at BSMMU tested Kajol for diabetes as well as neurological and liver issues.

Later in the afternoon, he was sent back to the prison hospital of Dhaka Central Jail.

Khurshid Alam, a physician at the prison hospital of Dhaka Central Jail Hospital, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

He said: “Kajol had complained that he was vomiting blood and was facing liver issues.

“We first treated him at the prison hospital.” 

“The journalist was putting up with depression and weakness due to low food consumption,” the physician added.

Earlier in the day, a Dhaka court denied bail to Kajol in a case filed against him with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge AKM Imrul Kayes rejected his bail petition.

In a recent statement on Sunday, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) expressed its concerns about the deteriorating health condition of photojournalist Kajol in prison. They demanded the immediate release of ailing Kajol.


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On the same day, family members, colleagues, rights activists, and artists joined in a demonstration demanding the immediate release of the jailed photojournalist.

At a human chain protest, held at the capital’s Central Shaheed Minar, Kajol’s son Monorom Polok said the authorities are reluctant to release him even after his father’s health condition has deteriorated. 

Polok told the media that in a phone conversation with his father earlier in August, Kajol told him that his left arm was becoming paralyzed and at times he was vomiting blood.

On August 10, Kajol’s lawyer filed a petition with the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court (CMM) to transfer him to BSMMU for the health checkup and treatment needed.

The concerned magistrate then instructed the jail authorities to provide Kajol appropriate treatment as per the jail code, without specifying which hospital Kajol should be taken to.

Jail authorities confirmed they had received the court directives but that he cannot be treated outside the jail at the moment because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

After a 53 day disappearance, Kajol turned up in police custody on May 3 after border guards arrested him on charges of illegal trespassing on the Benapole border in Jessore. He has been in jail since then.

He went missing after leaving his office on March 10, a day after ruling party MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor of Magura 1, filed a case under the DSA against him and 31 others on charges of publishing a report with "false information."

Two more cases under the DSA were also filed against him with Hazaribagh and Kamrangirchar police stations on March 10 and 11 respectively.

Kajol, who has been formally arrested in the cases, has been in jail since May, when he was found on the Benapole border after remaining missing for almost two months.