The detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Tuesday sought permission of a Dhaka court to prosecute Farhad Mazhar and his wife Farida Akhter for filing a ‘false’ abduction case to harass the police and the government.
Inspector Mahbubul Hauqe, who was assigned to probe the abduction case lodged with Adabar Police Station in the capital in early
July, made the plea to Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate court as he submitted the final report.
The court set December 7 for hearing on both the final report and the plea seeking permission to sue Farhad and his wife, said sub-inspector Md Nizam Uddin, general recording officer of the Dhaka CMM court.
Sources in the court said the final report had said that police found no clue to the abduction of Farhad, also a poet, essayist and political commentator and alleged that he rather made up an abduction story.
Farhad, known as a rights activist and staunch government critic, was found on a bus in Jessore while travelling from Khulna to Dhaka, 18 hours after he went ‘missing’ from the capital on July 3.
His family alleged in a police complaint, which was later recorded as a case, that he was abducted after he left home early that morning.
The final probe report submitted by the investigation officer says the case filed by Farida Akhter was baseless and covered up facts, SI Nizam said.
On July 4 morning, Mazhar was brought to DB office after he was abducted and rescued on July 3.
Family claimed that Farhad said to have been kidnapped by unknown miscreants from Adabar in the early hours.
Later on the day, police traced Mazhar at Noapara in Abhaynagar upazila in Jessore.
Police found him in a ‘Hanif Paribahan’ bus around 11:30pm while he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna.
After bringing him back to Dhaka, police took him to Adabar Police Station on 4 July. He was then taken to DB Office.
Later, on 18 July, Farhad Mazhar was taken to the office of DMP DB for interrogation.
On 17 July, inspector general of police AKM Shahidul Hoque said Farhad Mazhar was not abducted as he left home on his own.
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