7 people including 3 newsmen hurt
At least seven people, including three journalists, were injured in a clash between the activists of AL and BNP in Barguna Sadar upazila on Monday night.
The injured include Nuruzzaman Faruque, vediographer of SA TV, Jafrul Hasan Rahman and Reaz Ahmed Musa, Barguna district correspondents of private TV channels GTV and Desh TV.
Police and locals said a gang of Awami League cadres, allegedly led by Ripon, young brother of AL-backed chairman of Dhalua union parishad Azizul Haque Swapan, attacked central BNP member Nazrul Islam Mollah at a tea stall near Barguna Press Club around 8:00pm. They also beat up Chunnu Mollah, younger brother of Nazrul.
At this, the attackers assaulted the newsmen when they were trying to capture the scene.
As the news of attack on Nazrul and his brother spread, local BNP men made a counter attack on AL activists, leaving Ripon and Monir injured.
Following a case filed by Sohel Hafiz, secretary of the press club, police arrested Ripon and Monir early yesterday, said Azam Khan Faruquee, officer in-charge of Barguna Police Station.