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Post polls violence leaves Khulna journalist brutally wounded

  • Published at 12:21 am April 7th, 2019
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Locals caught one of the attackers with a chopper and handed him over to the police

In the wake of post-polls violence in Khulna, a journalist has been reported brutally wounded with sharp weapons.

On Friday at 9pm, Md Shahjahan Siraj, treasurer of Koyra Press Club and Koyra correspondent for The Daily Khulnanchal and Ajker Sangbad, was attacked and brutally wounded when he was returning home.

Locals said: “Journalist Siraj was returning home on his motorbike from tutoring. As soon as he reached near Khedur Bridge, culprits attacked him using sharp tools. They were almost 14/15 in number. The attackers also vandalized his motorbike.”

He was rescued by locals and taken to a health complex. Later, he was transferred to Khulna Medical College and Hospital.

Locals also caught one of the attackers red-handed with a chopper, Shahin, and handed him over to the police.

According to the locals, the attack on Journalist Siraj was due to his news reporting concerning recent upazila elections.

Koyra police station Officer-in-Charge (OC,) Tarok Biswas, said: “Upon being informed of the attack, police immediately reached the place, and arrested Shahin (25), son of Shahiduzzaman aka Jamal, of Chirampur village. Police will continue the search to arrest the others involved in the attack.”

However, this is not the only incident of post-polls violence in Khulna. There has been an increase in violence in different districts of Khulna after the upazila parishad elections.

Several attacks, lawsuits, and vandalism have been reported in Tekheda, Rupsha, and Koyra upazilas. Political leaders and activists of these areas have fled.

In the upazila elections, Upazila Awami League President, GM Mohsin Reza, contested against and lost to rebel contestant SM Shafiqul Islam, former convenor of the upazila Jubo League. Once the election was over, fights broke out in different places.

On April 4, the Khulna Press Club organized a press conference where Md Ayub Ali Sana, office secretary of Khulna Bangabandhu Legal Assistant Association, said: “On the night of voting, supporting-activists of SM Shafiqul Islam attacked the house of upazila Awami League's Sports Secretary, Abu Bakar Siddique.

His wife Taslima Khatun and daughter-in-law Fatema Khatun were severely beaten up. Miscreants vandalized their furniture and motorbike. Also, upazila AL activist Rezaul Karim, Ohid Moral from Moharajpur union of Ward 3, Shahjahan Siraj, SM Ziad Ali, Azharul Islam, Sahadat Mollah, Kuddus Sardar, Ismail Sardar, and Shahjahan Mollah were attacked and their houses were vandalized, as was the AL office of Ward 7.”

However, the newly elected upazila Chairman, SM Shafiqul Islam, said: “There was no violence anywhere. There were fights due to personal rivalry. Other than this, there’s no such incident of violence. I have ordered party workers at all levels to work together.”