BCL men beat up DU reporter

DU Correspondent

No punitive action was taken as yet in the incident of attack on a Dhaka University reporter by Awami League-backed Chhatra League men Saturday evening over gathering information on extortion by the BCL activists.
A group of extortionists, also Chhatra League men, Saturday evening beat up the DU correspondent Eyamin Sajed of Bangla daily Amardesh online while he went to Curzon Hall premises on information that BCL men were collecting extortion from a shooting unit.
When contacted, the BCL central unit president HM Badiuzzaman Sohag branded the reporter as Shibir man saying ‘no journalist but a Shibir man was beaten up’.
He also termed the shooting unit that was working to produce a documentary for Shibir though the unit leader was the elder brother of a Dhaka city (South) Juba League leader Borhan Uddin Khan Toton.
DU proctor Amzad Ali did not respond to repeated phone calls.
It is learnt that BCL’s DU Fazlul Haque Muslim Hall unit president Hasanuzzaman and his supporters demanded Tk 10,000 from the shooting unit that was working for producing a documentary.
While the BCL men were locked into an altercation as the unit gave Tk 7000, Eyamin, also a Dhaka University Journalists’ Association executive member, reached the spot and faced interrogation by the Chhatra League men.
The BCL hall unit activist Rakib Hasan, also DU Debating Society unelected general secretary, started beating him up.
Later, Eyamin was rushed to the Dhaka University Medical Centre.
Meanwhile a number of Chhatra League men said Rakib was involved with Shibir politics.
‘But Rakib has been made the DUDS general secretary by using political power of Chhatra League,’ said a DUDS man.
The DUJA condemned the incident and demanded exemplary punishment of the attackers.

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