A Daily Observer photojournalist has been languishing in jail for the last 10 days after police indicted him in a, what the family alleged yesterday, false drug case.
Ashik Muhammad, 25, was arrested on June 27 night in the capital's Shantinagar while he was returning home by his motorbike.
His mother Achhia Begum told The Daily Star that her son left home saying that he would meet his friends.
The next morning, “Ashik told me [over cellphone] that police had arrested him in a Yaba case and they would only release him if we could provide one lakh taka or else he would be shown arrested in a drug case,” said Achhia.
Her paralysed husband has been bed-ridden for the last seven years, she said, adding that she has to depend on Ashik's income to run the family.
As she failed to provide the money, police sent her son to jail, she alleged.
Some photojournalists, who met Ashik at Dhaka Central Jail, said a Paltan police team stopped his bike for a search.
Later, he was taken to Paltan Police Station where a constable demanded the money from Ashik, they quoted him as saying.
Shiblee Noman, additional deputy commissioner of police (Motijheel division), said police seized 10 Yaba pills from Ashik.
About the money, he said they would definitely investigate it if anyone files a written complaint.