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Daily Observer journo injured in a ‘suspicious’ hit-and-run

  • Published at 09:48 pm February 12th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:37 am February 13th, 2017
Daily Observer journo injured in a ‘suspicious’ hit-and-run
A tinted glass microbus sped towards Rashid on his motorbike, dislocating his right arm at 3:30pm near the Kawran Bazar underpass. Rashid was on his motorbike at the corner of the street waiting for the traffic to clear and as soon as it did, the mysterious car hit him and sped away. He was taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where an emergency surgery was performed and was recuperating at the post-operative unit at time of filing this report. Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Rashid said: “The nature of this hit-and-run looks suspicious to me.” Mazharul Islam, officer-in-charge of Tejgaon police station, recovered Rashid’s motorbike and said: “We will soon analyse footage of the CCTV cameras installed in the area.” Three cases were filed against Rashid by two ruling party MPs, Nizam Uddin Hazari and Enamul Haque, for publishing reports on drug trafficking and arms dealing. Rashid's report published on January 23 on the Daily Observer, accused Hazari, AL MP from Rajshahi Enamul Haque and Shamim Osman, another AL lawmaker from Narayanganj of controlling the entire illegal drug business in the entire country. Hazari, an Awami League MP from Feni then filed a Tk10cr defamation lawsuit on January 29 against Mamunur Rashid and Editor of the Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury. Calling Rashid’s story “false” in a speech at the national parliament, Shamim Osman had challenged the Daily Observer to prove their claims, or else he said: “they will lose everything.” Different groups of journalists have protested the lawsuits filed by the AL lawmakers. Satkhira Journalists’ Club, Dhaka organised a human-chain protest in front of the National Press Club on Tuesday. Last month, Zia Islam, chief photojournalist of Bangla daily Prothom Alo, was also injured in a similar hit-and-run accident in Panthapath, Dhaka; close to Sunday’s spot.