Wednesday, 19 January 2011

HC summons 3 cops for assaulting newsman

The High Court yesterday (January 19) directed three police officers of Goalando police camp in Rajbari to physically appear before it on January 26 for assaulting a journalist and threatening him to kill in crossfire.

A bench of the HC comprising Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain summoned the police officers for explaining the incident.

The three police officers are: the police camp in-charge Mohammad Firoz, its Sub-inspector Nazrul and Assistant Sub-inspector Mohammad Kabir.

A rule was issued upon the Home Secretary, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Police Superintendents of Manikganj and Faridpur and the Officer-in-Charge of Shibchar police station to explain within three weeks why punitive measures would not be taken against the police men for their involvement in assaulting journalist Abdullah Raihan of the Daily Janakantho at Goalando.

The bench asked the IGP to form a committee to monitor police activities at 'Aricha Ferry Ghat' to prevent their extortion from the cargo and truck.

The HC directives followed a Writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) following a news report over assault of the journalist published in the Bengali daily Janakantha on Monday.

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