Eight members of the Detective Branch (DB) of Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) were closed on Tuesday over the torture of Sumon Hasan, camera person for private television channel DBC News.
The incident reportedly occurred when Sumon rushed to collect footage at the site of an anti-drug drive by the DB at Beauty Cinema Road of Barisal city.
When Sumon sought some information from the DB members on the scene and provided them with details of his identity, they assaulted him and took him to the DB office at Battala before torturing him further.
Later, Sumon was admitted to Sher-e Bangla Medical College Hospital for treatment.
Journalists rushed to the DB office and contacted senior officials of BMP, including Deputy Commissioner (DB) Uttam Kumar Pal, after hearing of the incident.
Subsequently, Sumon described the torture before senior police officials and journalists while showing the injury marks on his body.
Barisal Reporters Unity, Barisal Press Club, and the Photo Journalist Association have condemned the incident and demanded exemplary punishment for those responsible, announcing a human chain demonstration to be organized in this regard.
Golam Rouf, deputy commissioner of BMP (South), told the Dhaka Tribune that stern action would be taken according to the report by the investigation team.