Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has protested and condemned the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in prison.
“People from all walks of life across the country have become outraged by Mushtaq's death. The death of a freelance writer on Facebook, a non-political, innocent like Mushtaq, is not a normal occurrence. The state power is involved with it. I strongly condemn and protest the death of Mushtaq Ahmed in jail under government custody,” he said, in a written statement, on Friday.Expressing deep shock and praying for the departed soul of Mushtaq, Fakhrul said, “At the same time, we are demanding transparent, independent and neutral judicial investigation into the death of Mushtaq Ahmed during his imprisonment.”
“Due to the lack of law and order and proper judicial system in the country, a suffocating situation is prevailing in the whole country. There is no security of life and property. A new BAKSAL has been imposed in the country as no one can speak. Enforced disappearance, killing, crossfire and death in police custody has been made context of state life in a bid to make people speechless,” he added.
The senior BNP leader further said, “Those who are trying to express their opinion in social media independently, they are facing a terrible tragedy. Either they have to go missing or they have to die in government custody. Its latest brutal victim is Mushtaq. Actually, he was tortured to death in prison.”
Besides, he also expressed deep concern over the arrest of cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore.
Mirza Fakhrul also demanded his immediate release.
In May, 2020, police arrested Mushtaq Ahmed from his Dhaka residence under the Digital Security Act. Mushtaq was in Kashimpur High Security Jail-3 in Gazipur till his death.