Poet and columnist Farhad Mazhar may not have been abducted, according to information received by the law enforcing agencies till now.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) A K M Shahidul Hoque told reporters on Saturday that as per information available to police, it appeared Farhad Mazhar had not been abducted.
"We think he was not abducted," the police boss said, adding that more information is needed to reach a final conclusion on the matter.
He came up with the observation in a seminar on Measures to Prevent Drug Abuse at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB Bhaban) organised by Jamuna Bank Foundation on Saturday.
In reply to another question about fake drug case against Ashik, Daily Observer photojournalist, by police, the IGP said if they received any proof that it was a fake case, action would be taken against the responsible police officer.
There will be an investigation into the matter, he added.
Earlier on July 3, Farhad Mazhar was said to have been kidnapped by unknown miscreants from Adabar in the capital in the early hours.
Later, police found him aboard a 'Hanif Paribahan' bus at Nayapara in Abhaynagar upazila of Jessore district while he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna.