A journalist was injured as he was beaten by a group of gamblers and drug addicts in Sylhet on Sunday afternoon.
The injured was Sadikur Rahman Saki, 40, Sylhet correspondent of a private-run television ‘Channel i’ and news editor of the Sylhet-based newspaper Dainik Sabuj Sylhet, police said.
Locals said that the same group of gamblers and drug addicts had earlier attacked the city’s Goaipara residence of Sadikur Rahman in July 2019 injuring him and his wife Subarna. The incident took place after Sadikur protested at gambling and taking drugs in open daylight.
Later, Sadikur filed a case with Biman Bandar police station in this regard, they said.
Since then, leaders of gamblers and drug addicts had been putting pressure on Saki to withdraw the case and pay Tk 2 lakh as extortion, Saki’s relatives alleged.
They said that the gamblers led by Kamal Ahmed and Shah Nur went to Sadikur’s home at about 2:00pm and demanded Tk 2 lakh and the immediate withdrawal of the case.
As Sadikur rejected the gamblers’ demands, they beat him up and injured him, his relatives alleged.
When contacted, Sylhet Metropolitan Police additional deputy commissioner BM Ashraf Ullah Taher confirmed the incident and said that the victim was sent to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital after the police had rescued him from the spot of the incident.
‘Two persons named Kamal Ahmed and Abdur Rahman Tenku were also arrested from the area in the afternoon for their suspected involvement in attacking the journalist,’ he added.
He said in the evening that a process was underway to file a case in this connection with the Biman Bandar police.