Kiran Sheikh, a staff reporter of online news portal Bangladesh Journal, has been physically assaulted by police even after he disclosed his identity to the law enforcers.
Moments after Kiran arrived in front of BNP’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Saturday to report on BNP's black flag program, around 10:30am a few policemen surrounded him and started physically assaulting him, the journalist said.
Kiran said: “When they asked me who I was, I showed them my office ID card. Instead of letting me go, they started cursing, punching and kicking me.”
He added: “When I asked them why they were physically assaulting me, they verbally assaulted me; one of them slapped me and asked me to keep quiet.”
Kiran sustained minor injuries and was given first aid.
When a few media personnel took the matter to the on-duty police constables present at the spot, they merely said they were sorry and that they could do nothing about the incident.
When asked, Assistant Commissioner of Paltan zone Ariful Islam said: "Unexpected events like this may arise during police mobilization around such programs.
"We try to avoid such incidents as much as possible during our mobilization. However, whatever happened to Kiran Sheikh today was very unexpected. We will look into the matter and take necessary measures.”
Around 2pm, a journalist from the Bangla daily newspaper Samakal, Kamrul Hassan, was also stopped by the police in front of Hotel Victoria, near BNP office in Naya Paltan. Just like Kiran, Kamrul showed his ID to the police, but he was only let go after the law enforcers talked to the news outlet’s editor over phone.