DB interrogates Farhad Mazhar again

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 18 Jul 2017, 15:19:36

Detectives interrogate Farhad Mazhar again over his mysterious disappearance

Detective Branch investigators have questioned Farhad Mazhar for a second time for what they describe as discrepancies between the columnist’s statement and their findings over the Jul 3 disappearance.

He was taken to the Detective Branch or DB offices from his Dhaka home around 10:30am on Tuesday, a senior officer said, reports bdnews24.com.

Mazhar left the DB offices around 1:15pm.

Later, DB Joint Commissioner Abdul Baten told the media that Mazhar's statement, recorded by a magistrate, does not match with their findings.

"If he was really abducted, then the only witnesses are Farhad Mazhar himself and the abductors. Based on what we have gathered so far, it doesn't seem to be an abduction."

Asked to comment on the police's next step, he said they would cross-check his statement.

"If he had provided false information, then there's scope to prosecute him."

The 70-year-old poet was found on a bus headed to Dhaka from Jessore by the police and the Rapid Action Battalion almost 18 hours after he went missing in the capital on Jul 3.

Mazhar during his testimony in court said he was abducted from outside his home in Shyamoli and taken to Khulna.

The mysterious disappearance and dramatic ‘rescue’ of the prominent government critic sparked debate among politicians and social media users.

The plot thickened after the police produced one Archana Rani in court on Jul 10 in connection with Mazhar's disappearance -- a woman who claimed to have sexual relations with him.

Rani then told court that Mazhar left home on the day of his disappearance to get money for her, which he also managed to send to her.

On Jul 13, police said that during his disappearance Mazhar had asked his wife Farida Akhter by phone to stop talking to people about his ‘abduction’.

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