Bangladeshi human rights campaigner Farhad Mazhar disappears

Jul 09, 2017 04:39 pm

Bangladeshi human rights campaigner Farhad Mazhar disappears

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Bangladeshi human rights campaigner Farhad Mazhar disappears

 

A well-known Bangladeshi human rights activist has disappeared after leaving his home in the capital Dhaka on Monday.
Farhad Mazhar - a columnist who is often critical of the government - left the house early after getting a phone call, his wife Farida Akter told the BBC, and has not been seen since.
Ms Akter has received a ransom demand.
Human rights groups say enforced disappearances and abductions are rising in Bangladesh.
Fears over Bangladesh's 'disappeared'
Police officer Aleya Akhter told news agency AFP that the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of 3.5 million taka ($43,300/£33,400).
Police are investigating.
Mr Mazhar, 69, is a supporter of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Party officials say many of their activists and supporters have been detained illegally since 2014.

BBC

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