Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday alleged that the Sunday attack on Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman was an attempt to kill him.
At a sit-in protesting at the attack on Mahmudur at the National Press Club in Dhaka, Mosharraf said that though law enforcers were informed when Mahmudur remained confined for about four hours by the attackers, they did not move to save him.
A faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists and a faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists jointly organised the sit-in.
Mahmudur was attacked on Sunday as he came out of a Kushtia courtroom after the court granted him bail in a case lodged under the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006.
Speaking as chief guest at the protest, Mosharraf said, ‘The attack on Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia was planned by the government and intended to kill him... the law enforcers remained silent when the ruling Awami League’s student organisation Chhatra League’s activists attacked Mahmudur.’
‘The silence of the law enforcers as well as the administration proves government’s involvement in the attack,’ he said, ‘This fascist government must be toppled.’
BFUJ faction president Ruhul Amin Gazi and secretary general M Abdullah, DUJ faction president Kader Gani Chowdhury and secretary Shahidul Islam, former president of National Press Club Shawkat Mahmud, among others, spoke.
Meanwhile, journalists in Jessore demanded immediate arrest of attackers on Mahmudur, reported New Age correspondent in the district.
The demand was made from an agitation at Jessore Press Club arranged by Journalists’ Union of Jessore on Wednesday.
Presided over by union president Noor Islam, the event was also attended by its former general secretary Ahsan Kabir, general secretary M Ayub, vice-presidents Shahid Joy and Mostafa Ruhul Kuddus, joint secretary Golam Mostafa Munna, and office secretary Tariqul Islam Tareq.
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