Journalists' associations of Barisal city yesterday demanded “dismissal” of the eight detectives of Barisal Metropolitan Police for handcuffing and beating video journalist Sumon Hasan on Tuesday.
Staging a rally in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall, they said simply closing the policemen from their work station is not enough; strong legal action under the penal code should be initiated against them and they should be dismissed from the service.
Barisal Television Media Association organised the programme, while Barisal Reporters Unity, Barisal Press Club, and Barisal Electronic Media Association participated in the protest.
On the day of the incident, BMP closed the eight members of Detective Branch for torturing Sumon Hasan, videographer of DBC News television network.
Nasir Uddin Mallik, assistant commissioner of DB of BMP, said Sub-inspector (SI) Abul Bashar, two assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) and five constables were closed to the Police Lines in Barisal.
BMP also suspended Constable Masud. The names of the other DB men were not available immediately.
Meanwhile, in a statement to BMP, tortured journalist Sumon said that on information, he went to Beauty Cinema Road of the city where a team of DB police was conducting an anti-drug operation, and he asked about the drive.
When he gave his professional identity and wanted some information of the operation, they beat Sumon up at the spot, the journalist said, adding later they took him to the DB office, handcuffed him and tortured him again there.
Sumon said he was also hit in the groin and briefly lost consciousness. He was later admitted to Barisal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital with bruises all over his back.
Police, however, said earlier that the journalist wanted to resist arrest of a drug peddler, leading to a scuffle and then the beating. Sumon denied the allegation.
Meanwhile, a three-member investigation committee submitted a report on the incident and said the investigators found the eight DB men guilty.
Talking to The Daily Star, head of the probe committee, Runa Laila, also additional deputy commissioner of BMP, said they recommended departmental action against the guilty.
Earlier, BMP Commissioner SM Ruhul Amin said that if the investigation found the DB men guilty, they would face “strong punishment”.