BANGLADESH: Police assault on photojournalists

At least four photojournalists were injured as police baton-charged a group of photojournalists snapping the law enforcers' action on a Jubo League procession at Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday afternoon

Tha Daily Star
Saturday, June 5, 2004

At least four photojournalists were injured as police baton-charged a group of photojournalists snapping the law enforcers' action on a Jubo League procession at Bangabandhu Avenue yesterday afternoon.

Police swooped on the pro-hartal procession of Jubo League when it reached near Zero Point.

As Mamun Abedin of Bhorer Kagoj along with other photojournalists was clicking to catch the police actions, they (police) started beating him mercilessly. The sight sparked anger among other photojournalists and they strongly protested the atrocity. But the police still unmoved continued their assaults.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Zone) M Kamal snatched a number of cameras from the photojournalists and seriously damaged those.

Abu Taher Khokan of New Age, Akhter Hossain of News Today and Ali H Mintu of Janata received injuries in the attack.

The photojournalists in protest at the attack instantly brought out a procession and held a token sit-in at the Paltan Crossing. They demanded punishment to the policemen involved in the attack to be meted out in 24 hours.

Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) President Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique and General Secretary Prof M Akhteruzzaman condemned the attack and demanded immediate punishment to those responsible. They termed the act unimaginable in a democratic society.http://www.thedailystar.net