Gazipur district authorities have formed a two-member probe committee to investigate the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in Kashimpur High Security Prison.
"The committee will check whether there was negligence in Mushtaq's treatment," Gazipur Deputy Commissioner SM Tarikul Islam said on Friday.
The members of the committee include executive magistrates Md Wasiuzzaman Chowdhury and Umme Habiba Farzana. They have been given two working days to submit a report.
Tarikul said, "Writer Mushtaq, 53, fell in the toilet and unconscious on Thursday night and later he was declared dead at Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital."
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore and writer Mushtaq Ahmed from Kakrail and Lalmatia on May 5 under the Digital Security Act for posting anti-government posts on Facebook.
On May 5 last year, RAB-3 warrant officer Abu Bakar Siddique filed the case with Ramna Police Station against 11 people, including cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore.
The case statement read that the accused published various posts conveying misinformation and rumours on the Facebook page called 'I am Bangladeshi' to tarnish the image or reputation of the state or to spread confusion. Which creates confusion among the people and degrades the law and order situation in the country.
Although two people were released on bail in that case, the bail applications of Mushtaq and Kishore were rejected six times.