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Police assault, verbally abuse Dhaka Tribune journalist in Rangpur

  • Published at 06:11 pm September 6th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:57 am September 7th, 2017

Dhaka Tribune's Rangpur correspondent Liakat Ali Badal and another journalist were assaulted by two policemen at a court premises in Rangpur. Dhaka Tribune

A Dhaka Tribune reporter and one other journalist were assaulted by two policemen outside the Special Judge Court premises in Rangpur District on Wednesday. Liakat Ali Badal, who works as the Rangpur correspondent for this news organisation, and Nazrul Islam Raju, who covers the district for both Ekushey TV and Independent TV, were waiting outside a courtroom at around 11am. They and several other members of the press were expecting a statement from Public Prosecutor Rathish Chandra after a hearing on the Rahmat Ali murder case. However, witnesses said the two journalists were suddenly assaulted by two policemen, naming one as Constable Rasel. They said the senior police officials who were also present at the scene did nothing to stop the unprovoked attack. Local journalists will form a human-chain in front of the Rangpur Press Club on Thursday to protest the incident. Earlier on Wednesday, five prosecution witnesses had testified before the court over the November 2015 murder of Ali, who was a local Awami League leader and a shrine caretaker in Rangpur’s Kaunia. Nine members of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were charged for his murder and are currently being tried. Judge Naresh Chandra Sarker has set September 11 and 13 for recording the statements of other witnesses in the case.