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7 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 6 August, 2018 11:33:43 PM
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Shahidul Alam put on 7-day remand

Staff Reporter
Shahidul Alam put on 7-day remand

A Dhaka Court yesterday remanded the renowned photographer Shahidul Alam in police custody for seven days in an Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT) case. The police sought 10 days’ remand for Shahidul after suing him under Section 57 (2) of the ICT Act. They accused him of spreading rumours and making provocative statements against the government on his Facebook page that triggered panic among the public, leading to a deterioration of law and order. Earlier, a case under the ICT Act had been filed against Shahidul, who is also the managing director of Drik Gallery. He was charged with sharing videos on social media that incited violence in the ongoing student-led movement for road safety.

Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media and public) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said the case had been filed by Detective Branch (DB) inspector Mehedi Hasan at Ramna police station yesterday. Shahidul was detained by DB men from his Dhanmondi house on Sunday night. The DB later confirmed the news.

The photographer was taken yesterday morning to the DB office at Minto Road, where he was interrogated by DB officers.

Earlier yesterday, Rahnuma Ahmed, wife of Shahidul, at a press briefing claimed that she was unable to trace her husband’s whereabouts. She said Shahidul Alam should be returned unconditionally and without being harmed.

“Law enforcers abducted him forcefully. But is it their job to abduct someone? It’s what kidnappers do!” she said.

Rahnuma also claimed that on that night Dhanmondi police station delayed the registration of her complaint.

The photographer was detained hours after giving an interview to the Doha-based television channel Al Jazeera regarding the ongoing students’ movement.

 In a statement, Drik Picture Library Limited communication officer Amina Neyamat said: “Internationally renowned photographer Dr Shahidul Alam, managing director, Drik, was forcibly abducted from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, after 10:00pm on 5 August 2018 (sic).”

Earlier, on Saturday, Shahidul came under attack allegedly by miscreants while capturing an attack on the students campaigning for road safety near City College in Dhanmondi. Soon after the incident, he took shelter in a nearby guesthouse and went live on his Facebook page to share the incident.

 

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