Police wounding journalist in Bhola concerns rights bodies

Staff Correspondent

Three rights organisations on Thursday expressed their grave concerns over police firing at human rights defenders in Bangladesh and urged the global human rights community to raise their voices against such brutalities.
Asian Human Rights Commission, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Odhikar came up with their concerns in a joint statement on Thursday after police allegedly had shot 8 bullets in the leg of journalist, Md Afzal Hossain, in Bhola on March 31.
They demanded justice for the human rights defenders and journalists who had fallen victims to the police firing.
Police shot in the leg of Afzal, Bhola district correspondent of private television channel ntv and also an activist of Odhikar, as he was covering second phase union parishad elections at Rajapur government primary school polling station of Rajapur in Bhola.
The rights bodies said that Afzal was referred to the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in Dhaka on April 3 by Sher-E-Bangla Medical College and Hospital of Barisal but the NITOR authorities refused to get him admitted there.
They said in the statement that the international human rights community may not remain silent over human rights violations in Bangladesh, particularly those by the law enforcing agents.
The 2015 annual report of Odhikar reported that 33 cases of shooting in legs of people by the law enforcement agencies took place in that year.

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