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Journalists give 72-hour ultimatum to B'desh govt to arrest those attacked their colleagues

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Journalists in today gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the government to arrest those involved in attacks on some of their colleagues while covering the unprecedented protests by the students over road safety, according to

At least seven photojournalists, including an (AP) photographer, were injured in attacks with sharp weapons, sticks and iron rods by youths wearing helmets at Dhanmondi, Jigatala and areas on Sunday, while covering the protests.

Thousands of students brought parts of the capital to a standstill after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus on July 29.

A large number of journalists and photojournalists also gathered in front of the here this morning and formed a in protest against the attacks, reported.

"Journalists gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the government for arresting those who attacked some their colleagues during the ongoing student movement seeking safe roads. Otherwise, they will launch tougher programmes from August 11," of Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Molla Jalal was quoted as saying while addressing protesting scribes at the

They demanded the government to identify and arrest those involved in attacks on journalists after analysing the video footages.

"I am urging the to sit with the journalists and try to identify those who played a role in the attacks and ensure they are punished," BFUJ was quoted as saying in

A number of journalists also formed a at the SAARC Fountain in Karwan Bazar area.

It is alleged that students associated with the (BCL) which is associated with the ruling and the (BJL) -- the ruling party's youth front, were involved in attacks on journalists, said.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Road Transport and has asked journalists to come up with clear evidence that the BCL was involved in the attacks on their colleagues.

"Tell me specifically who from Chhatra League were involved? Please give me a list," he told reporters during a press conference at the party chief's office at Dhanmondi yesterday.

He refuted allegations that members of the ruling party's student wing were involved in the attacks on the journalists in the Dhanmondi area on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the police has arrested 11 people for the violence during the unprecedented protests by the students over road safety.

"Police have registered 27 cases and the number of arrestees and cases would rise," Md Muntasirul Islam, a of was quoted as saying by the bdnews24.com.

Six people were detained over student-police clashes at Shahbagh yesterday.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 15:15 IST
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