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12:00 AM, June 18, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:34 AM, June 18, 2020

Digital Security Act: 10-day remand sought for Kajol

Detectives have appealed for quizzing photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol on remand in connection with a case filed against him under the Digital Security Act.

Sub-inspector of Detective Branch of police Mohammad Rassel Mollah, also the case's investigation officer, on May 14 submitted a 10-day remand prayer for quizzing Kajol.

The Daily Star came to know of the appeal yesterday.

In the prayer, the IO said Kajol needs to be remanded to recover his Facebook account and to arrest his accomplices. The IO on May 3 submitted another petition to show Kajol arrested in the case.

The court, however, set June 28 to hear the petitions.

Usmin Ara Beli, a member of Jubo Mahila League's central committee, filed the case with Hazaribagh Police Station on March 10.

Meantime, a virtual court in Dhaka yesterday could not show Kajol arrested in another case filed under the same act as he was yet to be brought to Dhaka Central Jail from Jashore jail.

On June 14, Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim sent an email to the jail authorities, scheduling a virtual hearing for yesterday.

Central jail authorities, however, only informed the court yesterday that Kajol was yet to be brought from Jashore. The magistrate fixed June 23 for a hearing on the petition and directed jail authorities to bring Kajol then.The case against Kajol was filed by Saifuzzaman Shikhor, a ruling party lawmaker from Magura-1, with Sher-E-Bangla Nagar Police Station on March 9.

Another case was filed with Kamrangir Char Police Station against Kajol under the same act.Fifty-three days into his disappearance, Kajol was found by Border Guard Bangladesh in Benapole on May 3. He was then arrested -- initially on charges of trespassing, but was granted bail being produced before a Jashore court. 

Later in the evening, he was shown held under section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) after police informed the court that three more cases against Kajol were now pending with different police stations in the capital.

The court then sent him to Jashore jail.

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