Putting Shafik on remand ‘inhuman’: Fakhrul

Dhaka – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday termed ‘inhuman’ the remand of journalist Shafik Rehman after his arrest.

Talking to reporters after visiting Shaifk Rehamn’s Eskaton Garden residence in the city, he demanded that the journalist be released immediately revoking the remand order against him.

Fakhrul along with party vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and chairperson’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo went to Rehman’s house around 2pm and talked to his wife Taleya Rehman.

“False charges are being brought against those who oppose the government and hold divergent views. They’re being harassed and arrested in one way or the other. It can’t be accepted putting a veteran journalist like Shafik Rehman on remand,” he said.

The BNP leader alleged that the government arrested him as he used to write against unjust and misdeeds of the government.

He urged the government to ensure justice for Shafik Rehman.

On Saturday morning, detectives arrested journalist Shafik Rehman, former editor of the Bangla daily Jaijaidin, from his house. He was later put on a five-day remand in a case filed in connection with a plot to ‘abduct and kill’ Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and her ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy.