Fifty-six journalists of electronic media outlets yesterday afternoon filed a general diary (GD) with Sylhet Kotwali Police Station, seeking security for their lives.
They filed the GD following the arrest of journalist Maynul Haq Bulbul, who was arrested by plainclothes policemen from a hospital in Mirboxtula area on Thursday night.
In the general diary, the journalists said police arrested the journalist in plainclothes and for around two hours, no one from the law enforcement agency confirmed the arrest, which created confusion.
They also said Sylhet district police misused their power, by arresting him in such a manner, amid the High Court’s clear instructions to follow due procedure in arresting journalists.
Bappa Ghosh Chowdhury, president of Electronic Media Journalist Association (EMJA), said, “We protest the way they arrested a senior journalist and that’s the reason we are worried for our own safety”.
Selim Miah, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said, “The journalists filed the GD with the station following the arrest of a fellow, but we have nothing to do about it, as the arrest was made by Kanaighat Police Station over a case.”
Mayul Haq Bulbul, senior correspondent of NTV and also former president of EMJA in Sylhet, was arrested by Kanaighat police in connection with a case filed against him over embezzling money.
Witnesses said Bulbul was detained by a group of armed police officials in plainclothes from Sylhet Women’s Medical College Hospital area, where he went to see a patient.
Two hours after the detention, Sylhet police admitted that he was arrested in connection with a case.
On Friday, he secured bail after appearing before a Sylhet court.