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Journalist Rana gets bail

  • Upazila administration accused journalist Rana of obstructing govt work
  • Sentenced to 6 months imprisonment
Update : 12 Mar 2024, 10:45 PM

A Sherpur court on Tuesday granted bail to journalist Md Shofiuzzaman Rana of Nokla upazila in Sherpur.

Sherpur Additional Deputy Magistrate Zebun Nahar granted the bail to Rana.

On March 5, journalist Rana was sentenced to imprisonment for six months by a mobile court on charges of obstructing government work, creating disorder and misconduct.

What happened?

Bonya Akhter, the wife of journalist Shafiuzzaman Rana, revealed that her husband visited the UNO office on Tuesday accompanied by their son Shahriar Jahan. He submitted an application under the Right to Information Act, 2005, seeking details about the purchase of computers and laptops for an ADP project. The application was handed to Sheela Akhter, Confidential Assistant (CA) at the office, who requested them to wait.

After waiting for some time, Rana inquired about the copy again. Sheela responded, stating that the received copy could not be provided without the presence of the UNO.

Frustrated with the situation, Rana contacted the deputy commissioner to address the issue. His communication with the deputy commissioner reportedly angered the UNO, leading to negative comments from the UNO.

Subsequently, Nokla police arrived at the scene and arrested Shafiuzzaman on charges of misbehaviour with the UNO and Sheela. A mobile court conducted by Nokla Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) Shihabul Arif sentenced Shafiuzzaman to six months imprisonment.

Narrating the incident, the arrested journalist’s son Mahin said: "I occasionally accompany my father on various errands. On that day, I was with him when he visited the UNO office during an official discussion. My father sought information from the confidential wing of the UNO office, where Sheela, the office assistant, requested us to wait. After waiting for an extended period, my father asked again for the acknowledgment copy. Sheela informed us that the acknowledgment would not be provided until the UNO's discussion concluded, instructing us to wait. Subsequently, my father made a phone call, likely to the deputy commissioner. Sheela entered the official discussion room and informed the UNO, Sadia Ummul Banin, who, in response, became angry and abruptly left the room without completing the discussion."

Mahin recounted that UNO Sadia verbally abused journalist Rana upon her arrival. Pointing to Mahin, she said: "Are you going to be a thief journalist like your father?"

Following these events, Upazila Assistant Commissioner Md Shihabul Arif conducted a mobile court, sentencing Rana to six months imprisonment based on instructions.

Additionally, Rana's mobile phone was confiscated during this period.

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