Attack on DBC News journalists at Victor Trading Corporation, 7 detainees


August 02, 2022, 19:55

Last modified: August 02, 2022 20:06

Two journalists from a private TV station were attacked when they went to a trading house in the city of Agargaon Taltola to seek management’s opinion on the allegations against the company.

However, police detained seven people, including the owner of Victor Trading Corporation in connection with the attack on Saiful Islam Jewell, staff correspondent for private television DBC News and cameraman Azad Ahmed.

The incident took place around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday when two TV reporters went to the Victor Trading Corporation office near Taltola Bazaar to gather news of irregularities and corruption in the procurement of medical equipment.

Witnesses stated that Kavsar Bhuyan, the owner of Victor Trading Corporation, along with his men resorted to attacking them and at one point they also forced the cameraman to delete the footage.

Injured journalist Saiful Islam Jewell said that when they went there to gather news, DBC cameraman Azad Ahmed was first beaten, the camera was vandalized and the footage was forcibly removed. Later, when they demanded the return of the camera, 10-12 people who belonged to Kavsar severely beat Jewell and Azad. Both of them were seriously injured.

Saiful Jewel colleagues said they were rescued from the scene and treated at Shaheed Suhrawardy Media College Hospital in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. In this regard, a complaint was filed with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station.

Meanwhile, the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) in a statement condemned the attack on the two journalists and demanded government intervention to ensure exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.

CRAB President Mirza Mehdi Tamal and General Secretary Asaduzzaman Biku, along with executive committee leaders, expressed strong condemnation and concern over the attack on the two journalists.

In addition, CRAB leaders demanded government intervention to ensure that those involved in the attack are immediately held accountable and exemplary punishment is given for obstructing the professional activities of journalists.

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