ATN News journalist assaulted by chairman candidate in Moulvibazar

He has been hospitalized with wounds all over his body

A cameraperson of ATN News was assaulted by a chairman candidate and his supporters while covering the voting in Madhabpur union under Kamolganj upazila of Moulvibazar on Wednesday morning.

Hossain Baksh is currently undergoing treatment at Kamolganj Upazila Health Complex.

“I went out with the car and the pass issued by the Election Commission to report on the UP polls. When I reached the Jhaplarpar area, Awami League-nominated chairman candidate Asid Ali, his son Shah Alam and their goons obstructed my way and swooped on me,” said Baksh.

“Then they took me to Asid Ali’s home and thrashed me, leaving me wounded in the head, legs, face and other parts of my body,” he alleged.

The attackers had also snatched his wallet, camera and mobile phones, the journalist said.

Later, police rescued Baksh and admitted him to the upazila health complex.

Dr Jaydip Paul of the hospital said Baksh had wounds all over his body. “We are providing him with necessary treatment.”

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ashequl Huq said the upazila administration was keeping tabs on Baksh and his health.

Meanwhile, Ali’s rival, independent candidate Pushpa Kumar Kanu, claimed that Ali had threatened his voters and was trying to occupy some of the polling centres for vote rigging.

Dhaka Tribune could not reach Ali for comments.

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