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11:36 AM, August 21, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:29 PM, August 21, 2020

Assault on journo Ariful: Kurigram court summons case diary

A Kurigram court has summoned the case diary of the assault and attempted murder case filed by journalist Ariful Islam Regan against former deputy commissioner of Kurigram Sultana Pervin and three of her colleagues.

Judge Mosharraf Hossain of Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Kurigram passed the order yesterday afternoon in order to know the progress of the criminal case following a plea by Ariful, reports our Lalmonirhat correspondent quoting Amzad Hossain, general registration officer (GRO) of the court.

The court has also directed the investigating officer of the case to appear before the court along with the case diary on September 9.

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"Steps are being taken to send copy of the court order to the police station in this regard," he added.

Azizur Rahman Dulu, a lawyer for journalist Ariful Islam, said that Ariful filed the plea under Article 21 of the Police Regulations 1943.

The plea hearing was held in presence of veteran lawyer Enamul Haque Chowdhury Chand and lawyer Mizanur Rahman.

Other lawyers of the district bar also assisted in the matter, said Ariful's lawyer.

He further said that as a result of the summoning by the court, the progress of the investigation of the case will come to light.

On March 14, a mobile court of Kurigram district administration, led by the three assistant commissioners, convicted and sentenced Ariful, the Kurigram correspondent of Bangla Tribune and Dhaka Tribune, to one-year imprisonment after he was arrested from his home on charges of possessing narcotics.

Earlier the same night, Ariful and his family members were about to go to sleep when some Ansar members, accompanied by assistant commissioners Nazim Uddin, Rintu Bikash Chakma and Rahatul Islam, stormed into their home and tortured Ariful.

Later around 1:30am on March 14, Ariful was sent to jail.

The action against Ariful was conducted allegedly at the direction of the then-DC Sultana Pervin.

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