At least 10 journalists were injured as miscreants attacked them while staging protests against the termination of Daily Janakantha journalists in front of the newspaper office in New Eskaton area in Dhaka Sunday afternoon.
Two of the seriously injured journalists, Daily Janakantha sub-editor Saju Ahmed and reporter Firoz Manna, were undergoing treatment at Dhaka Community Medical College and Hospital.
The other injured ones were given first aid.
Daily Janakantha journalist Rajon Bhattacharya said that the sacked journalists were staging protest in front of the Janakantha office from 12:00pm. Journalists’ union leaders and activists joined there protest.
‘The authorities hired some miscreants to attack on journalists. They attacked on protesting journalists around 5:00pm with sticks and brickbats,’ Rajon alleged.
The assailants dragged journalist Saju on the Globe Tower premises and beat indiscriminately with sticks.
None of the senior officials of Globe-Janakantha Shilpa Paribar could be reached for comments immediately.
Dhaka Union of Journalists president Quddus Afrad condemned the attack and demanded withdrawal of termination notices to Daily Janakantha journalists.
He said that they were trying to communicate with the newspaper authorities and informed it to the information minister.
Such an attack during dialogue is unacceptable, he said demanding justice for the incident.
The daily’s journalists said that many of them were terminated suddenly without any prior notice and showing any reasons on March 15.
The journalists have been staging demonstration since then.
Hatirjheel police sub-inspector Ataul Mamun said that they rushed to the spot after the incident and brought the situation under control.
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