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

  • Published at 08:09 pm February 1st, 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

He is currently undergoing treatment at the Tahirpur Upazila Health complex

A local journalist was beaten up after being tied to a tree in Sunamganj’s Tahirpur on Monday for photographing illegal sand lifting from the River Jadukata.

The journalist, Kamal Hossain, is the upazila correspondent of Dainik Shangbad and Dainik Shubho Pratidin.

He is undergoing treatment at the Tahirpur Upazila Health complex now.

“Illegal sand and stone lifting from the River Jadukata has become a regular happening. But hundreds of workers are doing this every day,” Kamal said.

“While I was taking photos of the illegal activities, some members of an illegal sand lifting group stopped me and snatched my camera, phone and motorcycle.”

“Next, they tortured me after tying me to a tree,” the journalist said.

Tahirpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Padmasen Shingha said: “We have heard about the incident. The law enforcers will take action against those involved when the journalist files a case.”

“However, lifting sand from the River Jadukata is illegal. The upazila administration regularly carries out a drive in the spot. But when the officials arrive, the workers run away. And they resume their illegal activity when they are gone.”

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