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Shajol Chowdhury: It feels like I came back from hell

  • Published at 08:51 pm March 18th, 2018
Shajol Chowdhury: It feels like I came back from hell
Shajol Chowdhury, who returned home on Saturday a week after being abducted, shared his grim experience with the Dhaka Tribune. “I was kept inside a dark room. But I didn't know where I was or who abducted me. I was beaten by the abductors several times. But they also gave me medicine,” he said. “It feels like I came back from hell.” Shajol Chowdhury, who was abducted from Bashundhara residential area on March 11, is the owner of several businesses including a ship breaking venture in Chittagong. Unsure about who abducted him, Shajol explained how he came back: “I was blindfolded and I was put in a car around 10pm Saturday night. They [the abductors] dropped me off near a mosque in Comilla’s Daudkandi upazila 10 minutes before the Fajr prayer [around 6am].
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“Later, with the help of locals I got inside a rented a car and came home.” When asked about the abduction, he said: “We were getting ready to move to a new house on March 11. Before the Isha prayer, a few men claiming to be members of DB [Detective Branch of] police came inside and tried to pick me up from my house. “When I asked them to show me their identity cards, they refused. When I told them I would not go with them a scuffle ensued. As there were 10-12 men, I could not fight them. They dragged me out and took me away – the rest is a blur.” Shajol, who looked physically weak, said: “I don’t know who they were. Now I feel sick. I just want to rest now. I will get medical treatment. I thank Allah that I am home.”
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Shajol’s mother Diluara Begum, with tears in her eyes, said: “I have only one son. Without him I have nobody. I thank Allah for returning my son. I don't want anything else now that my son is home.” Vatara police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) SM Kamruzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune that they would go to Shajol's house and talk to him regarding the abduction. “We are still investigating the matter and trying to find out what actually happened,” he added. On March 11, Shajol was kidnapped from his rented flat in the Bashundhara residential area, where he lived with his mother and son. His mother Diluara Begum said they were preparing to shift houses to Uttara on the day of the incident.