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One more held in Sunamganj journalist assault

  • Published at 08:52 pm February 3rd, 2021
Sunamganj journalist Kamal Hossain
File photo of Journalist Kamal Hossain tied to a tree for capturing video of illegal sand lifting in Sunamganj on February 1, 2021 Collected

The journalist was beaten up after being tied to a tree in Sunamganj's Tahirpur for taking photos of illegal sand and stone lifting

Police on Wednesday arrested another man over the assault of a journalist who was covering a report on sand and stone lifted illegally from the Jadukata River. 

The journalist was beaten up after being tied to a tree in Sunamganj's Tahirpur for taking photos of illegal sand and stone lifting. 

The accused Rois Uddin, 40, was arrested on Wednesday, Tahirpur Police Station Sub-Inspector Dipankar Bishwash said. 

On Monday, four other accused were arrested over the incident based on the CCTV footage, Dipankar said. 

Kamal Hossain, the injured journalist, filed a case against five people on Tuesday. He is the upazila correspondent of Dainik Shangbad and Dainik Shubho Pratidin. 

Also Read - 4 arrested for torturing journalist in Sunamganj

The journalist is also the organisational secretary of Tahirpur Upazila Press club. 

According to the case statement, several people interrupted Kamal when he was taking photos of the illegal sand lifting from the River Jadukata. 

They snatched Kamal's camera, mobile phone, and motorcycle and assaulted him after tying him to a tree. 

Upon rescue, the critically injured journalist was rushed to Tahirpur Upazila Health Complex. 

Also Read - Sunamganj journalist tied to tree, tortured for photographing illegal sand lifting

Illegal sand and stone lifting from the banks of the River Jadukata has been an issue of serious debate in the area for years. However, no move was made despite protests, locals said. 

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Padmashan Singha said: "The lifting of sand and stone from the River Jadukata is illegal. The upazila administration regularly carries out a drive in the spot." 

"The sand and stone lifters run away when we conduct drives. And they resume their illegal activity when the administration officials are gone," he added.  

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