National Human Rights Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Tuesday condemned the attacks on journalists covering protests of students demanding safe road and he demanded identification of the attackers for exemplary punishment without delay.
In a statement, the rights boss also said that torturing acclaimed photographer and activist Shahidul Alam was unexpected and he wrote the home ministry to follow the constitution, laws and High Court directives in regards to arrest and interrogation.
‘Identify the attackers, put them on trial and give exemplary punishment to them who attacked protesting school and college students and journalists when the situation was becoming calm and students were going back to their classes after the high ups of the government accepted the protesters’ demands of safe road and directed to implement the demands,’ Reazul said.
‘Journalists are human rights activists. Attacking them is unexpected,’ he added.
‘None is above law and the NHRC is firmly suggesting the authorities concerned to put the attackers under trial and punishment,’ he said.
The NHRC chairman said that Rahnuma Ahmed, wife of award-winning photographer Shahidul Alam, went to the commission and complained in written that Shahidul Alam bled due to torture at the custody of Detective Branch of police.
‘The commission comments that torturing in police custody is unexpected and arresting someone in specific charge requires following of the directives of the constitution, laws and High Court orders,’ Reazul said.
He said the commission already wrote to the home ministry to follow the guidelines in the case of Shahidul Alam and to direct the concerned authorities to follow those.
Journalists and photographers working for local and international media came under attack by ruling Awami League’s student front Bangladesh Chhatra League on Saturday and Sunday when they were covering the attacks on student protesters for road safety.
Soon after an interview to Al Jazeera, award-winning photographer Shahidul Alam, who was critical on the government in the interview, was abducted by unidentified men on Sunday night.
The Detective Branch of police on the next day admitted that they picked him up for interrogation and he was placed on seven-day remand in police custody in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology Act.
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