Dhaka – The deputy commissioner and three of her associates allegedly involved in sentencing and torturing a journalist in the northern Kurigram district have been withdrawn, according to official order issued on Monday.
The government action came on the heels of protest and media reports that Sultana Pervin, the deputy commissioner, and other senior officials of the district allegedly played controversial role in convicting journalist Ariful Islam in a hurriedly set up trial in the midnight on Friday.
Senior assistant commissioner Nazim Uddin, assistant commissioner Rintu Bikash Chakma and Assistant commissioner SM Rahatul Islam of Kurigram district were also face the same fate.
The public administration ministry appointed Mohammad Rezaul Karim as new DC of the district and attached Parvin to the ministry. The other officials were also attached to the ministry.
A mobile court under a taskforce of Kurigram district administration led by the assistant commissioners sentenced Ariful to one-year imprisonment early Saturday after he was arrested from his home on charges of possessing narcotics.
Kurigram correspondent of an online news portal was released on bail Sunday after hue and cry over the controversial action by the officials. Ariful and his family claimed that the entire episode was orchestrated by the deputy commissioner after some of her deeds were reported in the media.
Ariful said he was tortured and threatened to kill in crossfire by those who arrested him after storming into his home at the dead of night.