Dhaka – Law enforcers have found Farhad Mazhar, a poet and writer, in southern Jessore district nearly 18 hours after he mysteriously went missing from his residence in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said on Tuesday.
Mazhar has been taken to the office of the detective branch for interrogation to know the actual situation as to how he was ‘abducted’, police spokesman Masudur Rahman said.
Farida Akhter, wife of Mazhar, filed a complaint with local police station on Monday that the poet was abducted from in front of his home in Dhaka’s Adabor area. She also claimed that the abductors demanded ransom worth about Tk 3,500,000.
Soon after the news broke out that Mazhar, a pro-BNP writer, was abducted, the law enforcers spread its net across Bangladesh. Police say they monitored location of his mobile phone.
Local people saw the writer having dinner at a hotel in Khulna. But members of the Rapid Action Battalion found him travelling towards Jessore when they were searching a bus at Nowapara check post.
He was then taken to the local police station early on Tuesday, and then brought to Dhaka.
Police in southern Khulna district said that the poet was travelling on his own as he had his baggage along with him.
Mazhar was initially taken to Adabar Police Station in the morning, where his wife Farida Akter, daughter Chaumtoli Huq and other relatives were waiting.
Officer Wahiduzzaman said the police escorted Mazhar from Khulna and took him to Adabar Police Station.
Relatives closed to Mazhar said the poet used to disappear from his home because of family feuds. But his wife managed to bring him back.