3 journalists arrested over death report

Tapos Kanti Das with Mahbub Alam in Narsingdi | Published: 20:30, May 02,2020 | Updated: 21:47, May 02,2020


Three journalists were arrested on Friday and sent to jail in a case under Digital Security Act lodged by the police with Polash Police Station in Narsingdi over publishing a death report.

The journalists are Dainik Grameen Darpan news editor Ramjan Ali Pramanik, 45, and its staff correspondent Shanta Banik, 35, and online news portal narsingdipratidin publisher and editor Shaon Khondoker Shahin, 35.

Ghorashal police outpost in-charge Md Jahirul Alam on April 30 lodged the case alleging that the journalists published a false and motivated report that police tortured a CNG-run auto rickshaw driver at Ghorashal police outpost on April 29.

Narsingdipratidin’s news editor Laksman Barman told New Age that they published the report on the basis of the allegation of the driver’s relatives and colleagues.

On Friday morning, police arrested the three on charge of demeaning the image of the police force and then sent them to court that sent the trio to jail, Polash police station officer-in-charge sheikh Nasir Uddin told New Age.

The police officer said that their initial investigation found that the auto-rickshaw driver, Md Abdul Mannan, 50, died of heart attack but the trio published incorrect reports to taint the image of police.

He said that the police stopped the auto-rickshaw driver near Ghorashal Police Outpost to enquire about why he had been going to Narsingdi from Gazipur breaching the ‘lockdown’ rules.

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