GD filed over Shahbagh police assault on journos

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Dhaka : An FIR was lodged in connection with assault on two journalists in Dhaka city during the half-day hartal enforced by the National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas, Mineral Resources and Port-Power on Thursday.

Shahbagh Police Station Officer-in-charge (OC) Abu Bakar Siddique told NTV Online that on behalf of satellite television channel ATN News, an FIR was lodged with the police station.

When asked if any case would be filed the OC said that police need to complete some formal procedure as the accused are government employee.

A three-member probe committee has been formed, which will submit a report within two days. The proceedings for filing a case would be rolling following the report from the committee.

Earlier, a police official was suspended in connection with assault on the.

Deputy Commissioner (Ramna Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Maruf Hossain Sorder said the action was taken against Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Ershad in connection with the assault, reports news agency UNB.

A three-member committee, headed by ADC (Admin) of Ramna Nabid Kamal, was also formed to probe the incident. The two other members are ADC Azimul Hoque and AC (Ramna) Ihsanul Hoque.

The committee were asked to submit its reports within two working days.

The National Committee enforced the shutdown in the capital demanding cancellation of the Rampal power plant project near the Sundarbans.

Witnesses said ATN News reporter Kazi Ehsan Bin Didar and its cameraperson Abdul Alim were physically assaulted while performing their duty at Shahbagh intersection around 1 pm during the hartal.

They received treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

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