Cumilla journalist hacked for ‘uncovering corruption’

A local journalist had been hacked allegedly by followers of a local union parishad chairman at his residence at village Kajiatal in Cumilla’s Muradnagarupazila on Saturday.Shariful Alam Chowdhury was a correspondent of Daily Samakal and general secretary of Muradnagar Press Club.

Both his parents received injuries while trying to save the journalist from the attack.Abdul Matin Chowdhury, the father and also a freedom fighter, said that the attack was carried out in retaliation of a report that his son wrote uncovering corruption, irregularities and nepotism of Daroraunion parishad chairmanShahjahan.

On Saturday noon, a number of goons patronised by the UP chairman came to the house, dragged Shariful out to the yard and hacked him with sharp weapons. They also beat him with iron pipes and hammers.The father said that when he and Sharif’s mother tried to restrain the attackers, they also received the same treatment.Contacted, AKM Manjur Alam, officer-in-charge of Muradnagar Police Station, said that they on information went to the spot, rescued the journalist and sent him to hospital.‘We’ve immediately arrested chairman Shahjahan after Sharif’s father filed a case over the incident,’ he said, adding that they were trying to arrest the other accused.

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