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Departmental action recommended against DB men accused of torturing Barisal journalist, protests continue

  • Published at 01:21 am March 16th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:21 am March 16th, 2018
Departmental action recommended against DB men accused of torturing Barisal journalist, protests continue
The probe committee of Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) tasked with investigating the torture of DBC News camera person Sumon Hasan on Thursday recommended departmental action against the eight members of the BMP Detective Branch (DB) accused. Meanwhile, journalists continued to hold demonstrations calling for the punishment of the perpetrators. Runa Laila, assistant commissioner of BMP and head of the three-member probe committee, said they had found the incident of torture to be fact after speaking to witnesses, the victim and visiting the scene of the crime. The accused have been closed from duty and one constable was suspended. “We will submit the probe report to the authorities concerned as soon as possible, recommending hard departmental action against the all eight members of the DB team connected with the incident,” Runa Laila said. On other hand, journalists continued demonstrations demanding exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of Tuesday’s torture. The protest programs included a human chain in front of Ashwini Kumar Town Hall, as well as a sit-in by photo journalists and a procession on city roads organized by the Barisal Television Media Association. The programs were presided over by the association’s President Humayun Kabir, with a number of different journalist and socio-political organizations in attendance. Participants and speakers at the demonstrations vowed to continue their protests until the perpetrators were sufficiently punished, calling for the DB members to be sacked from service and tried under a criminal court.