Hotelier held for harassing US journalist | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 14, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:27 AM, March 14, 2017

Hotelier held for harassing US journalist

Police yesterday arrested a hotelier in the town for allegedly harassing a US photojournalist a week ago.

The arrestee, Biswanath Saha Bishu, 56, is the owner of Kheya Restaurant and Hotel.

SM Mehedi Hasan, superintendent of Kushtia police, said Bishu was arrested from a house in the town's Choyrasata intersection around 2:30pm. He was later sent to jail through a local court.

In a GD filed with Kushtia Model Police Station, photojournalist Allison Joyce said she went to Kushtia from Dhaka on March 5 to report a story on child marriage in Bangladesh and India.

She rented a room at the hotel and checked in around 4:00pm on that day.

Around 12:30am the following day, she woke from sleep hearing people shouting outside her room.

She went out, asked them to keep calm and returned to her room.

Around half an hour later, Bishu tried to break into her room. He shouted at her using vulgar words, alleged Allison.

The US citizen called in Ali Ehsan, one of her friends in Kushtia, who went to the hotel around 4:30am and rescued her.

She later managed a room at an NGO dormitory nearby.

The journalist shared her traumatic experience with her Facebook friends at 4:42am on March 6.

On Sunday, she sent copies of her complaint to Kushtia Deputy Commissioner Zahir Raihan and SP Mehedi Hasan through her local representative Sufi Faruq Ibn Abu Bakar.

The SP said after primary investigation they found evidence of violation of the foreigner's rights.

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