SATV correspondent in Sunamganj becomes 5th journo thrown into jail in 5 days
Publish- May 05, 2020, 11:43 PM
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Local correspondent of a private television channel was sent to jail in a case filed under Digital Security Act in connection to a post on social media Facebook.
The arrestee was identified as Mahtabuddin Talukdar, local correspondent of SATV and editor of local newspaper ‘Haorancholer Kotha’.
Judicial Magistrate Khaled Mia passed the order after rejecting Mahtab’s bail plea.
OC of Sadar Police Station Md Shahidur Rahman said the Mahtab was arrested from his house in Bolakapara area of Sunamganj Municipality around 2am, early Tuesday.
Benuhara Hossain Khan, General Secretary of Awami League Dharmapasha union unit, had filed the case with Dharmaphasa Police Station just a couple of hours earlier, OC Shahidur said.
Mahtabuddin recently in a Facebook post claimed that MP Moazzem Hossain of Sunamganj-1 constituency had been held by the law enforcement agencies, which was false and tarnished the image of the MP, according to case statement, said the OC of Dharmaphasa Police Station Md Delwar Hossain.
Earlier, Journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, who was missing for 53 days apparently before turning up at Sadipur border area in Benapole early Sunday, was also sent to jail in a case filed under section 54 of the Digital Security Act.
The day before Kajol reappeared, 3 Narsingdi journalists - Dainik Grameen Darpan news editor Ramjan Ali Pramanik, its staff correspondent Shanta Banik, and online news portal Narsingdi Pratidin publisher and editor Shaon Khondoker Shahin - ended up in jail for having published the news of a 50-year-old CNG driver’s sudden death on April 29, after being accosted by police near Ghorashal Police Outpost for having breached lockdown rules.
Relatives of the dead CNG driver, Md Abdul Mannan, accused the police of having caused his death, that the 3 journalists reported. Ghorashal police outpost in-charge Md Jahirul Alam on April 30 lodged the case alleging that the journalists published ‘a false and motivated report’.
This is so, since the police said their ‘initial investigation’ found Abdul Mannan ‘died of heart attack’. The judge before whom the 3 journos were produced in Narsingdi obviously accepted the police explanation, and logically sent them to jail.
Interestingly when the horrors perpetrated at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, a notorious torture cell maintained by the US Army in Baghdad, started becoming public in 2004, the following was reported in British newspaper The Guardian: “US military doctors routinely wrote "heart attack" on the death certificate of prisoners who had died from other causes, sometimes during interrogation.”
A source tells the paper: "Our lawyer is familiar with the phrase heart attack, and what it really means."