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Five jail guards suspended over assaulting photo journalist in Barisal

  • Published at 12:43 am January 13th, 2019
Injured photo journalist of daily Jugantor Shamim Ahmed, center, being rescued by colleagues on Saturday Collected

The suspended jail guards are: Ujjal Mia, Abu Bakar Siddique Khokon, Syed Abul Khair, KawsarHusain, and Syed Ahmed, confirmed Barisal Central Jail sources

Barisal Central Jail authority has suspended five jail guards for assaulting a cameraman of a Bangla newspaper- the daily Jugantor on Saturday.

The suspended jail guards are: Ujjal Mia, Abu Bakar Siddique Khokon, Syed Abul Khair, KawsarHusain, and Syed Ahmed,confirmed Barisal Central Jail sources.

Barisal Reporters Unity and Journalist Union protested and condemned the attack on photo journalist Shamim, demanded true justice and punishment of the persons involved with the assault.

They demanded Tawhidul Islam, deputy inspector general and Proshanta Kumar Banik, superintendent of Barisal central jail, for immediate action and exemplary punishment to the persons involved in assaulting the cameraman.

Victim, Shamim Ahmed,cameraman of the daily Jugantor said, on Saturday at around 2:30pm, he saw a rickshaw-van coming out of Barisal Central Jail with 11 sacks of wheat bearing the government seal and was heading towards the Sadar Road area. A team of policemen in front of the jail challenged the van driver about the wheat sacks, at this point, a group of jail guards rushed to the spot and got involved in a scuffle. At this point when Shamim Ahmed started clicking photos of the scuffle, five to six jail guards caught him and dragged him inside the jail compound and started beating and kicking him in the presence of jailor Yunus Zaman without asking his identity. Shamim was severely injured in the incident.

Police seize a van loaded with stolen sacks of wheats in front of Barisal central jail on Saturday Collected

As the news of the incident spread in area,local journalists rushed to the jail, rescued Shamim and sent him to Barisal General Hospital.

Proshanta Kumar Banik, senior jail superintendent of Barisal Central Jail said “We heard that some of our jail guards beat a senior journalist inside the jail compound. We rescued him and instantly suspended five jail guards over the incident. 

The jail officials assured that appropriate action will be taken against the persons responsible for the attack.

A departmental case will also be lodged against the suspended jail guards, he added.

It is learnt that wheat sanctioned to the mess of jail guards is usually sold in the black market.

Sub Inspector Mainul Islam of the Barisal Kotwali police station, said police has information that the wheat from jail is sold in the black market, and they have also seized more than 22 sacks of wheat with government seals from Bazaar Road area recently.Two trucks were seized and their drivers were detained in connection with the incident.