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Home minister cannot avoid responsibility for attackers roaming freely

Sayeed Muhammad: Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) President Saiful Islam has said that Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal cannot avoid his responsibility for the fact that those attacking media professionals during the students’ movement for safe roads, roam free.
“If the administration can identify and contain militants in the country, why is it not being possible to arrest the attackers whose photos were published in different media outlets?” he questioned, saying: “The home minister cannot ward off being responsible for the attackers walking freely.”

He was addressing a human chain formed on the DRU’s Segunbagicha office premises on Thursday noon, to protest the recent attacks on journalists in Dhaka’s Jigatola area.

“If the attackers are not arrested and brought to book soon, will we consider going back to the days of culture of lack of justice?” he added.

He hoped that there may a visible progress in arresting the culprits and urged the prime minister to take necessary measures to ensure security of journalists as she had previously warned of violence with the general elections nearing.

Expressing solidarity with the 72-hour ultimatum given by several journalist organizations such as the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), Saiful warned of a tougher countrywide concerted movement if the attackers are not arrested immediately.

Demanding exemplary punishment for the culprits, Saiful said the DRU will submit a memorandum to both the home minister and the information minister after the 72-hour deadline for arresting the attackers expires this Saturday.

Sakhawat Hossain Badsha, former president of DRU, expressing his disapointment over the delay in arresting the attackers, said: “I believe the culprits were not from another planet. The why is the delay in booking them?”

There is no scope to spare the offenders and if the latter are not brought to justice, there might be tougher programmes, he warned.

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