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Dhaka city polls: Man remanded over attack on journalist

  • Published at 05:51 pm February 6th, 2020
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Police arrested Md Ismail Hossain in Rayerbazar Intellectuals Graveyard area on Wednesday night

A Dhaka court has placed a man on a one-day remand in a case filed over an attack on journalist Mostafizur Rahman Sumon as the latter was covering the Dhaka city corporation elections.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury passed the order after police produced Md Ismail Hossain, 20, in court on Thursday.

Mohammadpur police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Altaf Hossain, the investigation officer (IO) in the case, sought a five-day remand for Ismail under police custody to grill him about the incident.

Earlier on Wednesday night, police arrested Ismail in the Rayerbazar Intellectuals Graveyard area of Dhaka.

Now unemployed, Ismail, who could not complete secondary education, used to participate in political activities of the Awami League, SI Altaf said.

He said police were trying to identify the other attackers in the incident by examining video footage, photos and descriptions from witnesses.

On February 1, online portal Agami News reporter Mostafizur Rahman Sumon was badly injured when he was attacked at the Zafrabad High School centre in Mohammadpur around 11am.

He was first rushed to Shikder Medical College Hospital for immediate treatment, and then shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

Abu Saleh Akand, former president of Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh, who witnessed the attack, said Sumon was taking photos of an Awami League candidate's supporters who were carrying firearms at the polling centre premises.

"After one of them noticed him taking photos, he started beating up Sumon and left him bleeding from the head," Saleh said.

Talking to reporters at Banani Bidyaniketan School and College on the same day, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary held out the assurance that strict action would be taken against those who had assaulted on-duty journalists.