A family member who met detained Savar-based journalist Nazmul Huda in a Dhaka court said on Wednesday that the journalist had been tortured in custody for his journalism on labour unrest in Ashulia until December 23.
The journalist told his relative that he had been invited by a police official on December 23 to attend a press briefing at Ashulia police station in the evening and when he went there he was arrested and tortured mercilessly.
‘He was taken to Savar Government Hospital after overnight torture and was given treatment,’ the relative told New Age on Wednesday evening.
A physician at the hospital told New Age over telephone that the journalist had been given treatment at the hospital following his arrest by the police.
Nazmul was remanded for three days in two phases and was asked whether he had sent any footage of the labour unrest to any international media outlet, the relative added.
The journalist representing Ekushey Television, News 24 and the daily Bangladesh Pratidin was arrested on December 23 and was prosecuted under Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006.
The police alleged that the journalist had intended to incite the workers by ‘inaccurate reportages’ during the workers’ agitations in the Ashulia industrial belt.
When asked, Ashulia police officer-in-charge Mohsinul Kadir said that he was not aware of Nazmul being tortured as he was under custody of the detective branch.
Dhaka district police superintendent Shah Mizan Shafiur Rahman, who earlier had termed the journalist ‘a bad person’, could not be reached for any further comment.
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