Vol. 4 Num 327 Fri. April 30, 2004  
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'I was forced to give statement on camera'

A leader of a civil society platform yesterday alleged intelligence agents tortured and intimidated him into giving a statement on camera, which was aired on television channels on Tuesday.

The intelligence agents arrested Hasan Harun-ur-Rashid, Dhaka city unit president of Oikyabaddha Nagorik Andolon, at his house and took him blindfolded to an undisclosed place, a press release says.

"He was forced to read a statement on camera that Proshika (a non-governmental organisation) was involved in antigovernment activities," Harun's lawyer, Advocate Sheikh Rafiqul Islam, said in the press release.

The intelligence agents threatened him with abduction unless he disclosed the "antigovernment activities" of Proshika, the lawyer alleged.

"As he refused to talk at their whim, they tortured him physically and mentally," the release says.

Harun, now staying in a remote hideout for fear of government repression, said he and his family were living days out in insecurity, Rafiqul said, adding police and Bangladesh Rifles were deployed in front of his house.