A new case filed under the Digital Security Act against journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, three hours after a CCTV footage showed his last known whereabouts since he had gone missing on March 10, raises further fears of an enforced disappearance, Amnesty International said in a statement on Wednesday.
Amnesty International has obtained the copy of a second case that police have registered against Kajol under the Digital Security Act, it said.
‘It is concerning to note that it was issued only three hours after he was last seen on CCTV cameras, and less than 24 hours after the first case was brought against him on March 9,’ it said.
Bangladesh authorities must launch an urgent investigation to determine his fate and whereabouts, to ensure his release if he is in custody of any of the state agencies and drop all cases against him, said Amnesty International’s South Asia campaigner, Saad Hammadi, in his reaction to the second case.
Shafiqul Islam Kajol, 50, is a photographer and editor of a Bangla daily Dainik Pokkhokal, whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown since March 10, 2020, a day after police registered a case against him and 31 others under the Digital Security Act.
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