A Cumilla Court today granted bail to a Union Parishad chairman in a case filed against him, among others, for allegedly attacking a journalist and his family members.
"Judge Golam Mahbub of Cumilla Cognisance Court-8 granted bail to UP chairman Shahjahan Mia today after he was produced before it following his arrest on allegation of attacking a journalist," Md Salauddin, court inspector of Cumilla, told our correspondent.
Police arrested Shahjahan Mia, chairman of Darera Union Parishad in Muradnagar upazila, hours after he allegedly attacked Shariful Alam Chowdhury, reporter of a local daily newspaper and general secretary of Muradnagar Press Club, at noon yesterday.
Chairman Shahjahan and his men attacked Shariful at his home in Kajiatol village under the union and hacked him with machetes, and also beat up his parents as they tried to save him, family members alleged.
Shariful is now undergoing treatment at Cumilla Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
"The patient sustained several critical injuries. Both his hands and legs are broken. There are at least seven fractures in his limbs. His condition is also deteriorating," said Dr Abdul Awal Sohel, resident surgeon of the hospital.
"After the incident, Shariful's father filed a case with the police station against UP Chairman Shahjahan among seven persons. We arrested him immediately afterwards and he was produced before the court today," said Monjur Alam, officer-in-charge of Muradnagar Police Station.
"Police also sent Shariful to Cumilla Medical College Hospital for treatment," the OC added.
"The UP chairman was angry as my son had published report on his corruption and nepotism, and in this connection he launched the attack on Saturday noon and left him injured. They also attacked us and our daughter as we tried to save him," said Shariful's father Abdul Matin, a freedom fighter.
"Shariful has been staying away from home for a while fearing attack by the UP chairman. He had returned home last week," Abdul Matin said.
"The attackers left our son severely injured," he also said, demanding justice over the matter.