Police arrested four people on Tuesday for torturing a journalist tying him to a tree on Monday while he was taking snapshots of lifting sand illegally from the River Zadukata in Sunamganj.
The arrested — Faysal Ahmed, 19, Anharul Islam, 20, Tahir Hossain, 22, and Masbirul Islam, 26 — are residents of Ghagatia village at Badaghat union under Tahirpur upazila in Sunamganj district.
A group of goons of a sand-lifting syndicate attacked Kamal Hossain, 30, son of Abdur Razzak, a resident of Kamrabandh village of Tahirpur upazila, on Monday morning when he was taking pictures of lifting sands illegally cutting the river bank.
The attackers reportedly snatched away the camera, cell phone and motorcycle of Kamal, also organising secretary of Tahirpur Upazila Press Club and local correspondent of the daily newspaper Dainik Sangbad, and severely tortured him after tying him to a tree near Ghagtia Bazar in the area.
Tahirpur police inspector (investigation) Dipankar Bishwas said that they conducted a raid at Ghagtia village early Tuesday and arrested the four young men for their suspected involvement in the attack on the journalist.
He said that the victim filed a case on Monday midnight against five identified and six unidentified people on allegation of torturing him and snatching his belongings.
‘The arrested were produced before the Sunamganj judicial magistrate court at noon and the court ordered sending them to jail,’ the police officer said in the afternoon, adding that effort to recover the looted goods and arrest the other accused was underway.
Kamal was undergoing treatment at Sunamganj Sadar Hospital, he said.
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