ATN newsmen pounce on protesting journos
The newsmen of ATN Bangla locked into a scuffle with journalists demanding trial of Sagar-Runi murder in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Sunday.
The staff of ATN Bangla, present at the event, charged at Journalist union leader Jahangir Alam Pradhan when he (Alam) demanded arrest of the ATN Bangla Chairman Mahfuzur Rahman in connection with the killings.
The enraged ATN newsmen assaulted Jahangir Alam as he termed the ATN Bangla and ATN News journalists “lackeys” of the owner of the two channels.
Witnesses said journalists from different media outlets formed the human chain at noon demanding arrest of the killers of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi and protesting recent torture on journalists.
The handful number of the two channels’ newsmen attacked the rest of the protesting journalists at noon when Jahangir Alam, also a reporter of daily Kaler Kantho, demanded Mahfuzur's arrest.
The attackers beat up Jahangir Alam and took him to the press club premises. The journalists had to intervene in keeping the situation under control.
After the scuffle ended, the protesting newsmen again formed the human chain and continued it till 2:00pm.
The journalists of Bangladesh Federal Journalist Union (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and Dhaka Reporters Union news organisations participated in the human chain.
Sagar, a news editor at Maasranga, and his wife Runi, a senior reporter at ATN Bangla, were killed in their flat in the capital on February 11.
Controversy started after Mahfuzur recently in London said, "Sagar and Runi were victims of an extra-marital affair.” He also claimed that he had footage relating to the motive of the murder.
The comments sparked a strong protest and led journalists to demand his arrest.
In this situation, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) interrogated the outnumbered chief on June 21 about the murder of the journalist couple and collected some video cassettes from the private television channel.