Two grassroots Awami League leaders in Rajshahi demanded the release of Bangla daily Prothom Alo's Senior Reporter Rozina Islam, who was arrested on Monday in a case filed under the Official Secrets Act, 1923.
The two AL leaders are Abbas Ali, mayor of Khatakhali municipality of Rajshahi and also the convener of the municipality AL, and Asaduzzaman Asad, former general secretary of Rajshahi district AL.
The two AL leaders made the demand through their respective Facebook statuses yesterday.
Abbas Ali attached two photos of the harassment of Rozina Islam and wrote, "What has happened to well-known journalist Rozina Islam since yesterday [Monday] is highly reprehensible and violates all etiquette."
Advising government policymakers, he wrote: "Release Rozina immediately without delay and form a high-level committee to investigate the incident within three days."
He further wrote that the government should ensure punishment of the culprits, adding, "Remember, everything should have a limit."
Asaduzzaman in his Facebook post termed the incident a conspiracy and urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take steps against those involved in the torture of journalist Rozina Islam and demanded her release.
On Monday, Rozina Islam had gone to the health ministry at the Secretariat to perform her professional duties and was confined there for more than five hours. At one stage she fell ill, but instead of being taken to the hospital, she was handed to police and was arrested after the deputy secretary of the health services division sued her under the Official Secrets Act.
Yesterday, she was transferred to Kashimpur Women's Central Jail.