The alleged assault took place for protesting corruption in meat distribution on Eid day
Dhaka University Journalists' Association (DUJA) General Secretary HM Imran filed a case with Maheshpur police station of Jhenaidah naming three people, and 6-7 unidentified individuals including a Union Parshad (UP) member, on assault charges.
Maheshpur police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Sanjay Mandal, in-charge of the case, confirmed the matter on Sunday.
Sanjay said: “We received the complaint from the victim. We will take necessary measures following a investigation.”
The accused who were named in the case are UP member, Azizur Rahman, 57, alias Abdul Aziz, alias Aziz Member, a member of Ward No 2 at Banshbaria UP under Maheshpur upazila of Jhenaidah district; his son, Sagar Hossain, 22, and Ismail Hossain, 35, of the same union.
DUJA GS Imran was undergoing treatment at Maheshpur Upazila Health Complex after the accused left him seriously injured, after reportedly assaulting him with sticks and other weapons.
“My brother got more than five stiches in his head,” said Akram Hossain, younger brother of Imran, a third-year student of English department at Dhaka University.
He also said that he along with his father were injured during the reported attack.
The incident took place over the distribution of sacrificial meat for the helpless and underprivileged on the day of Eid-ul-Azha.
HM Imran, also DU correspondent of United News of Bangladesh (UNB), said: “After Qurbani, the villagers of Banshbaria UP shared one-third of the total meat for the underprivileged families, according to religious norms, under the supervision of local UP member Aziz.”
“After distributing the meat to the underprivileged families, Aziz kept 20kg of meat for himself from the one-third portion, despite being a solvent person. We came under attack from Aziz and his fellow men as soon as we protested against his corruption,” Imran added.
Accused UP member Aziz at first ignored the call by this correspondent but later gave his comments over the phone.
Rejecting the allegations against him, he claimed: “I did not take the meat for me. Thirteen packets were left as surplus which I was meant to deliver to some other helpless people of another village.”
“On my way to the other village, Imran's father came and took two packets for his known persons. Later he took another packet, and when people protested, he threw the meat to the ground, which was meant to be delivered to the poor people. At one stage of altercation a fight broke between two sides,” he claimed.
DUJA President Rayhanul Islam Abir termed the attack as barbaric and condemned the incident, demanding justice. If not, he threatened to wage a tougher movement.
Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Bangladesh Chhatra Adhikar Parishad, Muktijuddho Mancha, Chhatra League, and Chhatra Dal’s DU chapters issued separate press releases to express solidarity with DUJA GS Imran, and denounced the brutal attack.