Journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, who went missing about two months ago after being named in a digital security case, has been sent to jail by a court in Jessore on Sunday after he was found near the Benapole border earlier in the day.
The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) said he was arrested early on Sunday on charges of trespassing and was turned over to the local police.
He was produced before the court, which sent him to jail after accepting the police’s plea for detention on ‘reasonable suspicion’.
“A BGB patrol detained him from the Sadipur border while he was crossing over from India,” said Havildar Ashek Ali, chief of the local Roghunathpur BGB camp.
The BGB brought charges of illegal intrusion against Kajol before handing him over to the police, said OC Mamun Khan of the Benapole Port Police Station.
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An official from the Benapole police informed Kajol’s family by phone around 2:48 am on Sunday, said his son Monorom Polok.
“A man identifying himself as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Obaidul, the duty officer of Benapole port police, called us to inform that my father was in their custody,” he told DT.
Polok said he was asked to come to the police station and that the officer let him speak to his father.
“‘I am alive!’ is what he said before expressing his gratitude to the Almighty,” he said.
Kajol was produced before the court of the Jessore Judicial Magistrate later in the day.
He secured bail on charges of trespassing but the court sent him to jail as it accepted the police’s plea to detain him under Section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The legal provision provides for arrest without warrant and interrogation in custody on reasonable suspicion.
Police argued Kajol was named in ICT and digital security cases filed with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Kamrangirchar, and Hazaribagh police stations in Dhaka.
Report- Dhaka Tribune