Internationally renowned photographer Dr. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik, and VII Foundation board member, was forcibly abducted from his house in Dhanmondi, Dhaka after 10 pm on August 5, 2018. According to security guards of the apartment building and other eyewitness reports, there were roughly 30 to 35 men, in plain clothes, who claimed to be from the Detective Branch (DB), who went upstairs, brought down Dr Alam, who was screaming as he was forcibly pushed into the waiting car, a HiAce, with the words Popular Life Insurance, written on the outside. They taped up the CCTV camera and took away the CCTV camera footage. The guards were manhandled and locked up. His partner Rahnuma Ahmed, was in a neighboring flat, raced downstairs on hearing the scream, but the car carrying him and two other cars waiting outside, sped away.
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