Dainik Shanokal correspondent Gautam Das, 28, was found dead in his office in Faridpur at noon on 17 November 2005. According to initial reports, his arms and legs had been broken and there were the marks of blows to the back of his neck.
A former correspondent of the daily Prothom Alo, Das had often written about illegal activities and abuse of authority by certain Faridpur figures. He had also recently written about drug trafficking in his region. Dainik Shanokal had recently became a national paper and had already won a reputation for outspoken reporting in what is one of the world’s most corrupt countries.