Writer Mushtaq Ahmed, who died in police custody on Thursday after almost 10 months of imprisonment n in a Digital Security Act case, was laid to rest on Friday night at Azimpur graveyard in Dhaka.
His namaj-e-janaza was held in Lalmatia after Isha prayers.
The body of Mushtaq was handed over to his family at 12:30pm following completion of an autopsy.
Writer Mushtaq Ahmed died at about 8:30pm at Kashimpur High Security Prision in Gazipur district. He had been in Kashimpur Jail in a case filed by RAB for his alleged “anti-state activities.”
Meanwhile, an autopsy of writer and blogger Mushtaq Ahmed was completed and doctors said there weren’t any apparent signs of injuries on his body, according to the forensics department of Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital in Gazipur.
Head of the hospital’s forensic department Dr Shafi Mohaimen said: “Apparently there were no signs of injuries on Mushtaq’s body. Further details can be disclosed after the autopsy report is submitted.”
Syed Bayezid, sub-inspector of Joydevpur Police Station in Gazipur who prepared the inquest report said sores were found in the middle of his back. Reddish-black small spots were found on his right and left hands.
He suspected that the wounds and spots might have occurred while taking the body to the hospital with the ambulance.
According to SI Bayezid, an unnatural death case has been filed with Joydebpur police station in connection with Mushtaq’s death.
Mushtaq was arrested last May in a case filed under the Digital Security Act and charged with spreading disinformation against the government on social media.
The 53-year-old writer, who published the book “Kumir Chaasher Diary” under the pen name Michael Kumir Thakur, was picked up by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from his Lalmatia home on May 2, allegedly for posts critical of the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On August 20, he was shifted to the Kashimpur prison, Gias Uddin said.
Calls for Mushtaq’s release were widespread and sustained throughout his time in prison. Soon after his arrest, more than 300 dignitaries in Bangladesh issued a joint statement demanding his release, alongside cartoonist Ahmed Kishore.
Amnesty International reiterated the demand in a statement as recently as January, saying the duo (Kishore and Mushtaq) had been arrested “solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression.”
His applications for bail were turned down on at least four occasions.