Attack on journos: Action if case is filed, says Helaluddin

The Daily Star December 25, 2018

Attack on journos: Action if case is filed, says Helaluddin

Star Online Report

Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed today said action will be taken only if a case is filed over the attack that left 12 journalists injured in Nawabganj.

The EC secretary, however, denied knowing anything about yesterday night’s incident when The Daily Star Online called him this morning.

“Journalists were attacked? It was not published in any newspaper. Nobody gave any oral or written complaint? How will we know?” the EC secretary questioned.

Helaluddin urged the aggrieved to file a case in this regard.

Meanwhile, officer-in-charge of Nawabganj Police Station Mohammad Mostofa Kamal said “We sent police force immediately after we heard of the incident.”

The law enforcers also talked to the injured journalists but they were unable to identify or recognise any of the attackers, the OC said.

WHAT HAPPENED AT NAWABGANJ?

At least 12 journalists were injured and 16 vehicles carrying them vandalised as unidentified miscreants attacked them at a guesthouse close to Nawabganj Police Station last night.

A gang of 30 or 35 attackers masked in mufflers suddenly entered the guesthouse and attacked the journalists from private television channel Jamuna and its sister concern Bangla daily newspaper Jugantor around 10:30pm, Jugantor senior reporter Sirajul Islam told The Daily Star.

A total of 40 journalists and drivers of Jamuna Television and Jugantor boarded Shamim Guesthouse at Kolakopa Bandura in Nawabganj to cover electioneering of the upcoming 11th national elections for the Dhaka-1 constituency, he said.

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