Journalist tortured for reporting against tender manipulation

The Daily Star November 1, 2012

A group of people allegedly belonging to the ruling Awami League (AL) attacked a journalist in Jibonnagar upazila of Chuadanga district on Tuesday night, leaving him seriously injured.

Kazi Shamsur Rahman, Jibonnagar correspondent of Chuadanga based Bangla daily Amader Sangbad, is now undergoing treatment at Chuadanga Sadar Hospital.

Locals said a group of eight to ten people led by Babu, younger brother of AL Jibonnagar municipality unit President Abdul Latif, intercepted Shamsur Rahman while he was returning home at Shaplakuripara in Jibonnagar town from his office, riding a motorbike at around 10:30pm.

They hit Rahman with bamboo sticks and iron rod and immediately left the scene.

According to the injured journalist, the gang swooped on him as the newspaper on Tuesday published a report on a ‘secrete meeting’ between AL leader Abdul Latif and upazila BNP President Ashraful Islam Babu Khan to reach a compromise over a tender.

Rahman said he filed the report on the ‘secret meeting’ that was held at the BNP leader’s house in the town on Monday.

“Latif’s brother Babu gave me a threat over cellphone at around 4:30pm on Tuesday for publishing the report in the newspaper,” Rahman further said.

He filed a case with Jibonnagar Police Station yesterday, accusing Babu and seven others. Police arrested one of the accused named Manik, son of Robzel Hossain of the upazila town. Shahjahan Ali Khan, officer-in-charge of Jibonnagar Police Station, said drive is on to arrest the rest of the accused in the case.

AL Jibonnagar municipality unit in a statement yesterday claimed that no AL man was involved in the attack on the journalist. The report published in the newspaper was baseless, the statement said.

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