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Journalists assaulted, harassed in Jamalpur, Jessore

  • Published at 09:10 pm May 29th, 2019
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Nursing instructor Selina Yasmin Pushpo, journalists were harassed after they tried to get a statement regarding allegations against her Dhaka Tribune

A case was also filed with Jamalpur police station in this connection

A Jamalpur correspondent of the newspaper, Daily Kaler Kantho, came under attack and an investigation team from Independent TV was harassed while on-duty. 

The Daily Kaler Kantho journalist was attacked when he was investigating the use of forged documents for land registration at the Sadar sub-registrar office.

Journalist Mostofa Monju was seriously injured by a group of people led by the Ward Councillor of Jamalpur 2 and stamp vendor Hasanuzzaman Khan Runu, on Tuesday afternoon.

Jamalpur Press Club members strongly protested the attack, and submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police.

A case was also filed with Jamalpur police station in this connection.

According to sub-registrar office sources, deed writer Habibur Rahman, from Dewanpara in Jamalpur town, recently submitted a registration deed for a property in Shingajani, including a pay order of Tk77,000, to the sub-registrar's office on Monday.

However, Sub-Registrar Shakhawat Hossain found the deed was forged and confiscated his documents. Action is also being taken against Habibur.

On Tuesday, Kaler Kantho reporter Monju went to take a statement from Habibur after confirming the matter with the sub-registrar.

But when he arrived, Ward Councillor Hasanazzuman Khan Runu, his nephew Tuhin Khan, Habibur and Habibur's assistant, assualted Monju and wiped his mobile phone and camera clean of all data.

In Jessore, media workers were confined and harassed when they went to investigate allegations of corruption at the Jessore Nursing Institute. 

Independent TV Journalist Ziaul Hoque confirmed the matter and said: “A two-member investigation team went to get a statement regarding allegations against nursing instructor Selina Yasmin Pushpo, on Wednesday afternoon.”

However, upon arrival they were harassed, threatened and at one point confined to a room by employees on duty. Getting wind of the situation, local journalists came to their rescue.   

Jessore General Hospital Caretaker Abdul Kalam said: “I was aware that an investigation team was looking into the multiple allegations against nursing instructor Pushpo.

“The incident was unprecedented and I have informed the higher authorities as this is not my jurisdiction.”