Torture on journalist condemned
Reported by: UNB Connect
Reported on: Jul 16, 2012 09:25 pm
Reported in: National
Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) - Journalist leaders on Monday condemned the torture on Mostafizur Rahman Sumon, a crime reporter of online news agency Justnewsbd.com, after detaining him for more than two days in custody of DB police as well as implicating him in a false stealing case.In a statement, Kamal Uddin Sabuj and Syed Abdal Ahmad, president and general secretary of the National Press Club, said torture on any person after detaining secretly is a violation of Human Rights. Incidents of torture on journalists have been increased. “We think such kind of torture is interference in freedom of the press which is not expectable anyway to a democratic country,” they said.They demanded immediate release of Sumon as well exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.Family sources said DB police picked up Sumon for his active involvement in various protest programmes of journalists on Sagor-Runi murder and Bibhas Chandra Saha’s death. A team of Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police led by inspector Motlab Hossain picked up journalist Sumon from in front of Eastern Plaza on Friday afternoon though he showed his identity card and repeatedly said that he is a journalist.The DB police kept Sumon at a secret place for over 48 hours and sent him to court implicating him in a fabricated laptop stealing case on Sunday which was filed with Darus Salam police station on Saturday. DB Police allegedly beat up Sumon indiscriminately with sticks, and kicked him for introducing himself as journalist. Later he was produced before a CMM court on Sunday afternoon from where he was sent to Dhaka Central Jail.
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