Writer Mustaq, who was detained under the Digital Security Act, died in jail
Writer Mustaq Ahmed, who was arrested on charges of anti-state conspiracy ‘, has died in Kashimpur jail. He died at around 8.30 pm on Thursday.
Seriously ill Mustaq Ahmed had been in jail since May last year. He was arrested in a case filed by the RAB under the Digital Security Act. He was 53 years old.
According to jail sources, Musta fell head over heels in jail. When he was taken to the hospital, the doctor declared him dead.
Mohammad Sharif, a doctor at the emergency department of Gazipur Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital, said the prisoner was brought to the hospital dead from Kashimpur jail. The exact cause of his death is not yet known. At the end of the autopsy it will be possible to know the exact cause of his death.
Mustaq Ahmed lived in Lalmatia with his wife and elderly parents. He is the only son of the parents. He was also one of the proponents of commercial crocodile farming in the country. Family sources said Mustak Ahmed’s body would be handed over to his family on Friday morning. Mustak’s wife Lipa Akhter has recently suffered from mental illness. A family member told Prothom Alo on Thursday that Lipa was suffering from mental illness.
On January 11, police filed a chargesheet against cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, writer Mustaq Ahmed and state think tank Didarul Bhuiyan in a digital security case.
In May last year, RAB filed three cases against 11 people including Mustaq at Ramna police station.
They have been accused of using various Facebook accounts for a long time to spread rumors about the Father of the Nation, the great liberation war of Bangladesh, the epidemic coronavirus, and to tarnish the image of the state and government. The statement further said that they have committed the crime of creating confusion, instability and chaos among the people of the state.
The arrested cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, Mustaq Ahmed and six others were accused of spreading anti-state posts, epidemic corona, spreading rumors with cartoons of various government leaders from a Facebook page called I Am Bangladeshi (written in English). In the statement, RAB claimed that Didarul Islam Bhuiyan and Minhaj Mannan were involved in the interrogation of Mustaq Ahmed.
Minhaj Mannan and Didarul Bhuiyan, arrested in the case last September, were released on bail. Cartoonist teenager and writer Mustaq was not granted bail. Mustaq’s bail application was rejected six times. As a result, this writer was not released from prison.
His elder brother Ahsan Kabir also said that the cartoonist teenager in jail was also ill. He told Riaan TV that on February 23, the teenager, Mustaq, was produced in the CMM court in Dhaka. He saw the teenager limping. The teenager said he was tortured after his arrest, which led to an infection in his leg. The ears are pounding. His diabetes has increased to 18. Seeing less with the eyes. He needs immediate medical attention.