Vol. 5 Num 286 Thu. March 17, 2005  

Assault on Newsmen
Exemplary punishment to Rab members demanded

Leaders of Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the responsible members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police for assaulting the journalists.

Senior Photojournalist of the daily Jugantar SM Gorky was assaulted by a group of Rab members on Monday.

Condemning the torture on the journalists and photojournalists, the leaders threatened to boycott the reports of the law enforcing agencies and start stern movement.

DRU President M Shafiqul Karim and General Secretary Shakhawat Hossain Badsha in a joint statement said it is a matter of serious concern that the law enforcing agencies have started assaulting the journalists.

The statement also said the incidents of journalists' being tortured by the Rab and police members while performing professional duties are hurdles for the advancement of journalism and democracy in the country.

Meanwhile, the daily New Age Senior Reporter Nazrul Islam Mithu and Harun Jamil, senior reporter of the daily Inquilab were outraged by the police while performing duties at the ending session of the Parliament.