Journalist attacked in Faridpur, one held

He came under attack at a local bus stand on Monday noon

A journalist was critically injured in an attack carried out by the younger brother of Alfadanga municipality mayor and his followers on Monday.

Mujahidul Islam is the Alfadanga district correspondent of Dhaka Times and organizing secretary of Alfadanga Press Club.

He was taken to Lalmonirhat Upazila Health Complex but was later transferred to Faridpur Medical College Hospital as he was in critical condition, confirmed Alfadanga Press Club President Sekandar Alam.

Mujahid was then sent to Dhaka for advanced treatment, he added.

He came under attack at a local bus stand on Monday noon.

According to the victims, Japan, the younger brother of Alfadanga municipal mayor along with some of his followers attacked him with sharp weapons, leaving him critically injured.

Police have arrested a man involved in this incident, said Suman Kar, assistant superintendent of police (Madukhali Circle).

Those involved in the attack will be brought to justice, added the police officer.

Witnesses said a young man named Ramiz went to the counter of Rajdhani Paribahan in Alfadanga to buy tickets. He paid the price of a ticket to Dhaka and boarded the bus. Before leaving the bus, it was said from the 'cash counter' that Ramiz did not pay for the ticket. So, he will not be allowed to go to Dhaka. Ramiz asked for help from another person named Naeem.

At this moment, the manager of counter Japan and his associates attacked the journalist Mujahid as soon as he came to the spot to settle the matter.

Faridpur District Magistrate (DC) Atul Sarkar said he has already instructed the upazila nirbahi officer of Alfadanga to take necessary action in this regard.

Responding to queries on the matter, Alfadanga municipality mayor Saifur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune that he was currently at Rampal and was not aware of the details of the incident.

Meanwhile, the attack drew flak from local journalists. One of them, requesting anonymity told the correspondent that it was a ploy to kill the journalists but the perpetrators failed as the locals came to his rescue.