Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Concern over filing of case against RUJ secy

Some 50 journalists in a joint statement yesterday expressed concern over the filing of extortion case against fellow journalist and human rights activist Jahangir Alam Aakash.

They hoped that police will ensure proper investigation into the case and will not make Aakash a victim of torture during the process of justice.

The signatories to the statement included Rajshahi Union of Journalists (RUJ) President Hasan Millat, Toshikul Islam, editor of a local daily Sun Shine, Abdullah Al Mahmud, editor of Upachar, Mahtab Uddin, editor of weekly Gana Khabar, and senior journalists Mustafizur Rahman Khan Alam, Kazi Gias, Shafikul Islam, Saidur Rahman, Abul Kalam Muhammad Azad, Anisuzzaman and Zabid Apu.

Aakash, RUJ general secretary and Rajshahi bureau reporter of the Sangbad and recently closed CSB News, was sued for an alleged extortion of Tk 50000.

He was granted ad-interim bail in the case from the High Court on October 16.

Mahfuzul Haque Loton, vice-president of Rajshahi district Awami League, lodged the complaint with Boalia Police Station on August 20 and the case was recorded on October 2.

Loton alleged that Aakash along with two other persons demanded Tk 50000 in toll from him on April 13.

The plaintiff alleged that he paid Tk 20000 following threats by Aakash.

Aakash told reporters that the case was filed with an ulterior motive following a report broadcast in CSB News television channel on the grabbing of Waqf estate properties in northern region including Delwar Hossain Waqf Estate.

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