MNA Exclusive Desk: Poet and writer Farhad Mazhar has claimed that he was forced during interrogation to say that he had gone out on a leisure trip.
Speaking at a press conference at his Shyamoli residence, he said certain plainclothesmen had tried to take him from RAB and his abductors had tried to take him across the Khulna-Jessore border to the other side.
Mazhar convened the press conference two days after a court granted police to file a counter case against Mazhar and his wife Farida Akhtar for lodging a “false abduction” case.
Claiming to have been kidnapped while he was on the way to buy some medicines, Farhad Mazhar said, “Three men forcefully dragged me into a microbus and blindfolded me. I managed to call my wife over phone. Then I called to save me, to send money, and I simply did whatever the abductors told me. I had no idea where they had dropped me off. I knew they were watching me. I followed their instructions and got onto a Hanif Paribahan bus in the evening and I was made to sit at the back. I was fearful for my life and came to my senses when I heard a noise. Some plainclothesmen came and tried to get me off the bus.”
“The plainclothesmen aimed their firearms at the RAB persons and threatened them, then argued heatedly with them, trying to take me away. It was like a mini war, but RAB managed to get me into their vehicle. The plainclothesmen tried to take me down from the vehicle.”
After being allegedly abducted from near his house on 3 July and recovered 18 hours later, and then after the police’s final report was submitted, Farhad Mazhar did not speak to the media.
The police claimed the Farhad Mazhar hadn’t been abducted rather he had gone to Khulna on his own accord.