Police tortured a journalist in custody after his arrest on charge of “possessing drugs”.
Police arrested Sirajul Islam Jibon, district assistant correspondent of Channel S, early Friday from his residence at Gorurbazar in Habiganj town, said his fellow colleagues.
Later, they tortured him in custody, leaving him severely injured, it is alleged. Police took him to a hospital in the morning, saying he was injured in a mob beating.
Local journalists said that police implicated Jibon in a “false case to extort money from him.”
On Saturday, they blocked a road in front of Habiganj Sadar police station in the town, protesting the torture of Jibon.
The journalists also held a meeting at the local press club, where they demanded the immediate release of Jibon and threatened to go on a tougher movement if their demand was not met.
Meanwhile, a three-member committee, headed by Additional Superintendent of Police Rabiul Islam, was formed to investigate the incident.
The probe body was asked to submit its report within three workdays.