Nadim Hossain, Savar correspondent of the Dhaka Tribune, has received death threat from the supporters of a local Awami League leader after reporting irregularities at an event organised by said leader in Ashulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka.
They issued a similar threat to news portal banglanews24.com’s Ashulia correspondent Sharifuzzaman Fahim.
Five unknown miscreants riding on two motorcycles made the threats separately to the two journalists, who were out to cover daily news, around 12pm on Sunday.
Ashulia police station OC Abdul Awal said both Nadim and Sharifuzzaman filed separate general diaries over the incident on Monday morning.
He further said the police would look into the complaints and take action as necessary.
According to the general diaries, around 12pm on Sunday, followers of Ashulia Union Parishad Chairman Sahabuddin Matbar stopped Sharifuzzaman near his residence in Jirani area and threatened to kill him. About 45 minutes later, they caught up with Nadim in Niribili area and made the same threat.
The five miscreants verbally abused both the journalists over their reports on the event, which was held on Saturday, organised by Sahabuddin, a known leader of the ruling party in the area.
Sahabuddin had arranged a discussion, milad mahfil and a feast for the poor - locally known as "Kangali Bhoj" - at Ashulia School and College ground marking National Mourning Day, which was on August 15.
After the programme, which started at 12pm, the participants and Awami League supporters started to have lunch around 3:30pm without distributing food among the poor, most of them women and children, who had been waiting at the venue.
Dhaka district Awami League President and former Dhamrai MP Benzir Ahmed was the chief guest at the event.
When none of those who had come for the Kangali Bhoj received any food after waiting for over three hours, journalists of different electronic and print media took photos of the situation and ran reports.
Both the Bangla Tribune, Dhaka Tribune's sister concern, and banglanews24.com ran their stories over the incident later on Saturday, following which the miscreants threatened the reporters.
Ashulia Press Club President Mozaffar Hossain Joy and General Secretary Mahfuzur Rahman Nipu condemned the threats and demanded swift action.