Week-long virtual show demands Kajol’s release

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:06, Jul 23,2020


Artistes perform at a virtual show demanding release of Shafiqul Islam Kajol on Tuesday.

A week-long virtual show demanding the release of the Daily Pokkhokal editor and photo journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol is under way on the Facebook page named ‘Where is Kajol’.

Photojournalist Kajol was found near Bangladesh-India border in Benapol of Jashore in the wee hours of May 3 and was sent to jail on the same day nearly two months after he went missing from the capital’s Hatirpool area on March 10.

According to reports, he was granted bail in a case filed by the Border Guard Bangladesh for contravening the passport law while the police in Jashore said he was accused of four more cases filed in Kamrangirchar, Sher-e-Bangla Nagor, Hazaribagh and Tejgaon police stations in Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

The seven-day event, titled ‘Kajoler Mukti O Muktachinta’, commenced on Tuesday. It is featuring songs, discussions, virtual human chain, and others. Eminent artistes, teachers and students from different universities are participating in the event, says a press release.

The opening day’s programme, anchored by Sharmee Hossain, featured singers Sina Hasan and Rashed Sharif Shoeb.

Raju from Sahazia band and Shayan along with the bands Samageet and Madal participated in the event on Wednesday. All female music band F Minor, comprising artistes from ethnic minority groups, and DJ and curator Maliha Mohsin, Armeen Musa are scheduled to perform today.

Anu Muhammad, Dina Siddiki, Manosh Chowdhury, Tanzimuddin Khan, Samina Luthfa and Saeed Ferdous will participate in a discussion titled ‘Kajoler Mukti Ebong Muktachinta’ on July 25, which will be anchored by journalist Kajol’s son Monorom Palak.

Students from various universities will participate in a discussion on the topic ‘Freedom of Expression and Free Thinking’ on July 26. The event will end on July 27.

‘It has been 134 days since my mother and 11 year old sister last saw my father. We are protesting against his imprisonment organising cultural activities. We demand the unconditional release of my father,’ Monorom Polok told New Age.

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