BANGLADESHI writer and labour rights campaigner Farhad Mazhar was kidnapped early yesterday in the capital Dhaka, reports Siam Sarower Jamil.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarker said that Mr Mazhar’s wife, Farida Akhtar, reported his abduction in the Mohammadpur district at 6.30am.
He told the Morning Star’s correspondent that Mr Mazhar had rung his wife and said: “Save me, they have kidnapped me. They will kill me.” His mobile phone had been switched off since then.
Later the kidnappers called to demand a a 3.5 million taka (£33,400) ransom.
Newspaper columnist Mr Mazhar is the founder and managing director of Policy Research for Development Alternatives (Ubinig). The non-governmental organisation provides education on the environment, trade, family planning and workplace rights, especially to women in the clothing industry.