Five journalists were physically assaulted by goons when they went to investigate reports of irregularities in road construction on Wednesday.
The injured journalists are – Rahmat Ali, Sirajganj correspondent of SA TV, Shoriful Islam Enna, Sirajganj correspondent of NTV, Nazrul Islam of The Independent, Swapan Chandra Das of banglanews24.com and Mokaddes Ali of Jay Jay Din.
Reporters went to take pictures and videos of an under-construction road beside the Paikosha village in Sirajganj sadar upazila while investigating allegations of corruption.
It is being constructed by Dolly Constructions.
Some goons, including the local union parishad member, attacked the reporters and took away their cameras, the journalists said.
Journalist Swapan Chandra Das lodged a police complaint naming five individuals.
Hafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sirajganj Sadar Police Station, said they are investigating the incident and will take legal action.
Leaders of Sirajganj Press Club condemned the assault.
A seminar on Indian Defence Equipment (SIDE 2020) was held in the city on Wednesday providing an opportunity for defence manufacturers from India to develop fruitful partnership with Bangladesh.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun attended the seminar as the chief guest with representatives from 12 different Indian firms taking part in it.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das said Bangladesh and India have close cooperation in many diverse areas and are natural partners to pursue further cooperation in the field of defence technologies.
Minister Nurul Majid paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and said Bangabandhu had emphasised building disciplined and professional Armed Forces.
He also said Bangladesh is the fastest-growing economy in South Asia and is making rapid progress in industrialisation.
Bangladesh’s Security Forces have earned a name for themselves as disciplined and professional force and the seminar provided an opportunity for defence manufacturers from India to develop fruitful partnership with them, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.