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Daily Star journalists assaulted

  • Published at 11:56 am August 5th, 2018
Several journalists have been allegedly assaulted by Chhatro League activists and police while covering Saturday's clashes in Jigatola in Dhaka on Sunday, August 5, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

One of the assaulted journalists said other journalists had come under attack for trying to film the events and 10 others were harassed

Police and alleged Bangladesh Chhatra League members have beaten up three journalists working for The Daily Star, and have allegedly harassed another in Dhaka.

The separate incidents all took place Saturday evening.

Sushmita S Preetha, working as the editor of the newspaper’s Star Weekend magazine, said she was harassed allegedly by some Chhatra League members, near the Science Lab intersection, around 5:30pm.

She was filming a procession from a footbridge when the alleged ruling party men ascended the stairs and began dragging her to the other side of the road.

After she eventually deleted the video she had taken, the men groped and verbally abused her, she said.

Shaer Reaz, another journalist of The Daily Star, was photographing clashes around the Dhanmondi 3/A area around 6pm, when a man started beating him up with a stick—before handing him over to the police.

His phone was then snatched away and smashed.

Shaer was then taken to the police station where he endured even more physical assault.

It was not until four hours later, when other Daily Star reporters went down to the station and requested the police to release him, that he was freed.

Policemen, requesting anonymity, said Shaer was handed to them by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists.

 Another journalist, Selim Sadman Somoy, was also detained at the police station and beaten up. He was detained for taking pictures of Saturday’s clash at Jigatola.

Rafiul Islam, another journalist, was attacked by alleged Chhatra League activists while covering clashes in Jigatola around 2pm on Saturday.

They only stopped after he produced his press ID.

He said two to three more journalists had come under attack for trying to film the events and 10 others has been harassed.