Barisal Metropolitan Police on Wednesday formed a body to investigate the reported torture on a news channel photojournalist by members of Detective Branch while he was collecting news on illegal drug recovery by the law enforcers a day ago.
BMP has already withdrawn eight cops from their workplace over the incident, while journalists took to the streets in Barisal condemning the alleged assault.
BMP commissioner SM Ruhul Amin on Wednesday said a three-member probe committee, led by assistant commissioner Runa Laila, was formed and it was asked submit their report within next 24 hours.
BMP DB assistant commissioner Nasir Uddin Mallik said eight DB personnel, including sub-inspector Abul Bashar, were withdrawn on Tuesday afternoon for torturing Sumon Hasan, cameraperson of DBC News.
Sumon Hasan told New Age that he turned up on Beauty Cinema Road in the city on Tuesday after hearing the news that a DB team had been conducting a drive against drug dealers and abusers in that area.
When he asked the law enforcers about some information, they turned down his request and an argument arose. At one stage, the law enforcers beat him and picked him up to the metropolitan DB office.
Hearing the news, journalists rushed to the office and talked to the high officials of BMP, including Uttam Kumar Pal, deputy commissioner (DB), and Golam Rouf, deputy commissioner.
Sumon described the facts before the high officials and showed he marks of torture on him.
He was then released and admitted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.
Journalists on Wednesday held a rally in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall in the city on Wednesday afternoon protesting at the attack and demanded punishment to the cops
Members of Barisal Photojournalist Solidarity Association, Barisal Electronics Media Journalist Association, Barisal Reporters’ Unity, Barisal Press Club and Bangladesh Television Media Association were present.
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