Criminals beat a journalist of a local Bangla daily on Tuesday allegedly for reporting an attempt to rape incident in Sunamganj’s Shalla upazila a few months ago.
Critically injured Jayanta Sen, 45, a resident of Anandapur village and Sallah upazila correspondent of The Daily Sunamkantha, is now undergoing treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital with fractured right leg.
While talking to this correspondent, Jayanta said one Gopal Roy, of the village, and his men waylaid him near Jaypur area while he was going to the district headquarters on a rickshaw on Tuesday night.
They later beat him up mercilessly with bamboo sticks and snatched away Tk 20,000, a laptop and two mobile phone sets from him, leaving him critically injured, he said.
Locals rescued him and admitted him to Sunamganj Sadar Hospital from where he was later shifted to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
Locals said a feud developed between the two after Joyanta, also upazila unit general secretary of Haor Bachao Sunamganj Bachao, a platform for ensuring farmers’ rights, published a report on Gopal, when the latter tried to rape a farmer’s daughter, also a Class VIII student, a few months ago.
Officer in Charge (OC) of Shalla Police Station Ashraful Islam said Joyanta phoned him on Tuesday noon and told him that Gopal was threatening him continuously.
They will take necessary steps in this regard soon, the OC said.