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Kajol sent to jail in Sec 54 case, gets bail in trespass case

Published 9:58 pm | May 03, 2020

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Online desk ; A Jashore court has sent journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, who remained missing for about three months, to jail in a case filed under Section 54 of the CrPC.

Arbitrary arrest under Section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), 1898, is a common practice in Bangladesh. Police may arrest any individual under Section 54 without warrant.

However, Senior Judicial Magistrate Manjurul Islam also granted him bail in trespassing case, said Kajol’s lawyer Debashish Das.

The case was filed against him by the Raghunathpur BGB Camp on charges of illegal entry early Sunday and handed over to the Benapole police station after filing the case for trespassing into Bangladesh from India illegally.

Earlier, police produced Kajol before the court in the afternoon putting handcuffs on his hands from the rear side. Police also drew the attention of the court to three cases filed against Kajol under the Digital Security Act
with three police stations in Dhaka.

The cases were filed with the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Hazaribagh and Kamrangirchar Police Stations on March 9, 10 and 11 respectively.

The court, however, did not give any order in connection with the three cases filed under the Digital Security Act.

At the same time, police filed a case against him under Section 54. The court ordered to send Kajol to jail taking the case under Section 54 into cognizance.

Earlier in the day, Benapole Port Police Station OC Mamun Khan said, Kajol was detained by members of the Raghunathpur BGB Camp personnel.

Journalist Kajol went missing after leaving his office at night on March 10, a day after a ruling party lawmaker from Magura-1 filed a case against him and 31 others on charge of publishing a report with “false information”.

A second case was filed against him under the Digital Security Act on the same day he went missing.

Later, his wife Julia Ferdousi Nayan filed a general diary with Chawkbazar police station on the next day.

Later different journalists and human rights organisations staged protests and formed human chains demanding to know his whereabouts.

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