Cartoonist files complaint with court over custodial torture
March 10th, 2021 at 6:10 pm
Cartoonist files complaint with court over custodial torture

Dhaka – Released on bail from the jail a week ago, cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore on Wednesday filed complaint accusing unnamed persons for torture on him when he was in custody.

Ahsan Kabir, his brother who had launched Free Kishore campaign when the artist was arrested nearly a year ago, in a social media post said Kishore filed the petition with the Metropolitan Session’s Judge Court in Dhaka under Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act of 2013.

The court has taken the complaint into the cognizance, he said adding that the court is expected to pass an order in two days.

Kishore was granted bail for six months on March 3, nearly 10 months after he was arrested for allegedly spreading rumors on government response to Covid-19 pandemic. He was charged under the controversial Digital Security Act of 2018.

On his release, the artist alleged that he was tortured in custody before he was formally shown arrested on May 5, 2020. He said he was picked up from his home on May 2, 2020 and taken to an unknown place where he was interrogated and tortured before he was taken to the office of Rapid Action Battalion.

In his complaint, Kishore described how he was abused in the custody by the unknown people, and eventually met writer Mustaq Ahmed at the RAB office where the writer had also informed him about the torture he had gone through in the custody.

The writer died after he fell unconscious in the jail on February 25. The cartoonist and the writer were charged under the same law.

Mustaq’s death prompted a nationwide protest against the Digital Security Act with the rights groups, writers and activists demanding scrapping of the law.