He was arrested in May last year
Cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, one of the accused in the Digital Security Act case against writer Mushtaq Ahmed, has fallen severely ill while in prison, Kishore’s family members have said.
The cartoonist has been denied bail six times despite the condition of his health, leaving his family deeply concerned, they added.
Kishore has been in jail for over nine months alongside Mushtaq, who died in custody on Thursday. The cartoonist is currently being treated at the medical centre in Kashimpur High Security Jail-2 in Gazipur, said his brother and columnist Ahsan Kabir.
Kabir told Dhaka Tribune: “I last met Kishore on February 23 and he was very sick. He cannot walk properly due to torture by the police during demand, and he is also struggling with many health complexities like his diabetes.
“Kishore also informed me that he has been suffering from blurred vision and cannot read,” he added.
Gias Uddin, acting superintendent of Kashimpur High Security Jail, could not be reached for comment.
On May 6 last year, Abu Bakar Siddique, assistant director of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) 3, filed a case against 11 people, including Mushtaq Ahmed and Ahmed Kabir Kishore, with Ramna police station on charges of spreading rumours and carrying out anti-government activities. Kishore was arrested the same month.
Earlier in March and April, his cartoons “Life in the Time of Corona,” satirizing the country’s response to Covid-19, were posted on Facebook.
The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police filed a petition seeking three-day remand for Writer Mushtaq Ahmed and Ahmed Kabir Kishore on February 23, just two days before the former’s death in jail.
The Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court set February 28 for the hearing of the petition, General Recording Officer Nizam Uddin told Dhaka Tribune on Friday.
“Another hearing for bail is likely to be held at the High Court between Sunday to Tuesday next week,” said Ahsan Kabir.