In an interview with Prothom Alo on Thursday, after his release, Ahmed Kabir Kishore said that 69 hours before he was officially arrested on 5 May, he had been picked up on 2 May from his house in Kakrail of the capital city by certain persons. He was taken to an unknown place and tortured. He showed the injury marks on his legs and the pus accumulating in his ear. Kishore, normally slight in stature, had drastically lost weight in jail. He said he hadn’t received proper medical treatment in jail.

In his bail petition on Wednesday, Kishore’s lawyer had also informed the court about his illness.

Prayers for Mushtaq

In the meantime, the family of writer Mushtaq Ahmed, who died while incarcerated in the same case, arranged a ‘doa’ (prayer) for the departed writer. A relative of Mushtaq Ahmed, physician Riasat Alam, told Prothom Alo that the writer’s family arranged for the ‘doa’ at their home ‘Parampara’ in Lalmatia. Relatives outside of the country jointed the prayers virtually. He said, Mushtaq’s grieving father Md Abdur Razzak, mother Zebunnessa Razzak and wife Lipa Akter were devastated. They are unable to accept Mushtaq’s death in this manner.

Mushtaq died on the night of 25 February. The jail authorities said Mushtaq had fallen sick on that day at the Kashimpur jail and was sent to the Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College where the physicians declared him dead.


The caption of Kishore’s photograph which appeared in Prothom Friday mentioned he had broken down in tears while describing his torture in jail. However, he had actually been describing how he had been taken to an unknown place and tortured. Jail was written mistakenly. The unintentional error in the caption is regretted.