Rights activist Adilur Rahman released on bail

Rights activist Adilur Rahman released on bail

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The Secretary of a rightwing human rights organisation Odhikar, Adilur Rahman Khan Suvhro has been released from jail.

He was arrested on August 10 under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act for allegedly distorting facts about May 5 police drive against Hifazat-e Islam activists at Dhaka’s Motijheel area.

Deputy Jailer of Gazipur’s Kashimpur Jail Mushfiqur Rahman confirmed journalists about Adilur’s release around 10:30am. He was released after jail authorities received documents relating to his bail order.

High Court has granted six-month bail to Adilur, who was also a Deputy Attorney General during BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government.

The bench of Justices Borhanuddin and KM Kamrul Kader also issued a ruling on Oct 8 asking why Adilur should not be granted permanent bail.

He was arrested two months ago from his Gulshan residence.

Odikhar in one of its reports had claimed 61 people were killed in the police drive against Hifazat at Motijheel.

BNP and its key ally Jamaat had alleged that ‘a mass-murder’ was committed on that night. The government, however, dismissed the claims as rumours. DMP said the drive had ‘zero causalities’.

The government later sent a letter to the Odhikar seeking proof of what it had claimed in its report.

The Information Ministry letter sought full names and addresses of those ‘61’ people. “The dailies said not more than 16 people were killed in the drive but the Odhikar report put the number at 61,” the letter said.

The Organisation refused to provide the list citing security concerns of the victims’ families.

Hifazat supporters were evicted from the capital’s business area where they laid a siege there to press for its 13-point demand, which was widely dubbed as anti-women.

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