Virtual exhibition demands safe return of Kajol

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 23:26, Apr 23,2020


Two photographs from the exhibition.

A virtual photography exhibition demanding the safe return of Daily Pokkhokal editor and photo journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, who has been missing since March 10, is under way on the Facebook page named ‘Where Is Kajol?’.

The exhibition titled ‘Last Man Standing’, which began on April 16, features photographs taken by Kajol showing people demonstrating on the streets, law enforcers going tough on protesters, wounded people lying on the ground, water logging, struggles of commoners and  portraits of disadvantaged children.

The photographs have been displayed in a virtual gallery created with 360 degree camera.

The exhibition has been organised by Tanzim Wahab and Sarker Protick.

‘Every day I hear my father’s footsteps in my mind and wait eagerly to hear his voice. The exhibition has been organised as part of an online campaign demanding his safe return. We will hold the exhibition for few more days and add a video compilation of his photographs soon,’ Monorom Polok, son of Shafiqul Islam Kajol, told New Age.

Besides the exhibition, the Facebook page contains photographs showing activists from across the globe holding banners with the writing ‘Where is Kajol?’ along with newspaper reports and others.

Shafiqul Islam Kajol went missing a day after Awami League lawmaker Saifuzzaman Shikhor
filed a case against Shafiqul and 31 others including Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury under the Digital Security Act.

A second case was filed by Juba Mahila League leader Usmin Arana Beli against the journalist on March 10.

The police registered a complaint from Shafiqul’s family on March 11 regarding his missing and filed a case over the incident on March 18.

Kajol started his career as a photojournalist at New Age and had been a contributor to DrikNews. He also worked at Samakal, Jai Jai Din and Bonik Barta. He later started his own newspaper named Daily Pokkhokal.

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