Sharifa Begum Shiulia/Rngpur Representative:
In protest of the torture of journalists, a large number of people in Rangpur expressed their concern and journalists went to talk about the country and the nation The Prime Minister and the IGP, who are constantly being tortured, seek intervention Staff Reporter Journalists are constantly being subjected to various cruel tortures while talking about the country and the nation. But due to not taking legal action against the perpetrators of torture, the torture of journalists is increasing day by day in the country. Besides, they are being sent to jail on false charges. In this way the freedom of speech of the media is being curtailed. A huge human chain program was held at Rangpur Press Club premises from 11 am to 1 pm on Wednesday (January 20). Reporters Club Rangpur, City Press Club, Reporters Unity, Mahiganj Press Club, Tajhat Press Club, Daily Our Voice Rangpur Bureau Office, Bangladesh Online Journalist Welfare Union A huge human chain and protest rally was held for 2 hours under the banner of various journalist organizations. Rafiq Sarkar, Rangpur Office In-Charge of Mashranga TV and General Secretary of Rangpur Press Club; Tajidul Islam Lal, Executive Editor of Daily Prothom Khabar, Bablu Nag, President of Mahiganj Press Club, Mostafizur Rahman Bablu, Joint-General Secretary of Rangpur City Press Club, Ranjit Das, Joint Secretary of Rangpur Reporters’ Unity, Shah Alam, Organizing Secretary of Bangladesh Trinamool Journalist Welfare Society, Rep. Poet and journalist Hayat Mahmud Manik, former student leader Palash Kanti Nag, AH Karim Sarkar, publisher and editor of Alor Sangbad in Pirganj, Rangpur, Adar Rahman, president of Rangpur Photo Journalists Association and photographer of Kaler Kanth, Ashraful Alam Apan, organizing secretary of Badarganj Press Club. Editor and literary cultural personality Momin Ud Din Patwari, SM Fazlul Karim Liton, General Secretary of Trinamool Journalists’ Society, Ejaz Ahmed, Head of Rangpur Bureau of Sandhyabani. Journalist leaders in the human chain demanded that the Prime Minister and the IGP should protect the journalists and ensure their safety. Journalists have dedicated themselves to the moment of the Corona disaster. They don’t get paid properly. Then they are working for the development and progress of the government on behalf of the country. Whenever news is published against any corruption and irregularities, inhuman torture is inflicted on them. They
Dedicated to working in the field, being tortured again, it is not acceptable. The speakers further said, don’t think of us as weak. If the journalistic community wakes up, the perpetrators will not be able to survive. Journalists must be protected and stood by them. Why are journalists being injured? I want an answer from the Home Minister and the IGP. Journalists spoke to the masses, highlighting the government’s development and various inconsistencies. Knowing that there is a risk to their lives, they remain vocal against the terrorists. The speakers further said that several people, including the two police officers, have filed multiple false cases against the two tortured journalists. They also demanded immediate withdrawal of all false cases from the human chain, improved medical treatment, compensation and security of life and property.
The entire event was hosted by SM Zakir Hossain, convener of Rangpur Metropolitan Tajhat Press Club. Leaders and workers of various political, social and cultural and professional organizations including journalists working in various print, electronics and online news portals of Rangpur were present at the occasion. Khairul Alam Rafique, editor of the daily Mymensingh Pratidin and crime chief of the daily Our Voice, described the police torture in a statement sent to him. He said SI Akram Hossain of Mymensingh DB police was accused of drug dealing, trafficking of women in sex villages and collaborating in terrorist activities. At that time, SI Akram Hossain’s pictures of these crimes were published in newspapers and he got angry. Journalist Khairul Alam Rafique alleges that SI Akram Hossain detained him and tortured him in the name of keeping him in DB custody, which is a gross violation of human rights. Akram had to stay in Mymensingh Central Jail for two long months after being arrested in three conspiratorial cases. After his arrest, he was blindfolded and subjected to unspeakable torture. He was standing opposite the gate of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on November 29, 2016 at 11 pm. Later, he was blindfolded and taken to the newspaper office in Mymensingh Charpara in a black Hayes car. They took away my land purchase documents, Janata Bank check and 4 computers, two mobiles, voter ID card and all family documents. Documents and Janata Bank checks were handed over to the opponent and only 1 computer and a mobile phone were seized. From there he was taken to the remote char area of the old Gudaraghat in the Brahmaputra of Mymensingh. At that time, he tied his eyes and tied his hands behind his back and tortured him. Later he brought it to the DB office