Writer Mushtaq's death in custody triggers protests
Publish- February 26, 2021, 04:56 PM
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Update- February 26, 2021, 05:13 PM
Progressive Students’ Alliance brought out a procession from TSC area around 11am, paraded Shahbagh and Paribagh, and later blocked the Shahbagh intersection. (UNB photo)
Activists of different left-leaning student’s organisations blocked Shahbagh intersection in the capital on Friday, protesting the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in police custody.
They alleged that Mushtaq Ahmed died on Thursday following “excessive torture” in Kashimpur High Security Prison in Gazipur, and demanded justice.
Progressive Students’ Alliance brought out a procession from TSC area around 11am, paraded Shahbagh and Paribagh, and later blocked the Shahbagh intersection, creating huge traffic congestion there and nearby roads.
Mushtaq Ahmed, 53, died on Thursday night in Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur.
The jail authorities said Mushtaq was first taken to the jail hospital after he fell sick on Thursday evening. Later, he was sent to Gazipur Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, they said.
Speaking at the protest rally, general secretary of the Socialist Student Front, Nasir Uddin said Mushtaq wrote against alleged corruption in April last year and “looting during Covid-19 pandemic”. “But the government is too intolerable to take such criticisms. He was brutally tortured in prison. He sought bail six times but he was denied bail,” Nasir said.