Kurigram DC to be withdrawn for punishing journalist by a ‘midnight court’
March 15th, 2020 at 5:45 pm
Kurigram DC to be withdrawn for punishing journalist by a ‘midnight court’

Dhaka – The government has decided to withdraw the deputy commissioner of northern Kurigram district after she allegedly set up a midnight mobile court to punish a local journalist who reportedly wrote about her whimsical administrative decisions.

Junior Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told in Dhaka on Sunday that a departmental case will also be filed against Sultana Parvin, the DC of the northern district, as it appeared that she was involved with the vengeance-trial of journalist Ariful Islam.

Ariful Islam was picked up on the dead of night on Friday and sentenced to one year in jail by a mobile court set at the DC office on that night prompting people from different walks condemning the repressive action.

The journalist who was released on bail on Sunday alleged that a group of people under the district official broke open his home on that night, picked him up and took to an unknown place blindfolded. They stripped him of and beat up, took video footages and threatened to kill. They later sent him to jail.

As the attention of the state minister for public administration drawn, Farhad said the incident hampered the government’s image. Appropriate measures will be taken against the DC. “Those who were involved in the incident will also be taken to task,” the minister said.

The government has launched an investigation into the incident, and the actions will be taken as per the recommendation, he said.

Released on bail  

Ariful Islam, who was arrested from home jailed for one year on charge of ‘possessing narcotics’, was freed on bail.

Additional District Magistrate Sirajuddoula granted his petition of bail. Ariful’s wife Mansarina Mitu, who was at her home during the so-called raid, said her husband is innocent. He was became a victim of vindictiveness by the district’s deputy commissioner for writing against irregularities and corruption, she said.