Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sit-in on Apr 8 before home ministry

Journalists will state a sit-in programme in Dhaka on Apr 8 as part of their ongoing agitation demanding arrest and trial of the killers of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi.

President of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury announced on Sunday that the programme will be staged in front of the home ministry. Leaders of the other factions of BFUJ were also present there.

The four-hour rally starting from 10am on Sunday was organised in front of the National Press Club to mount pressure on authorities to identify, arrest and try the killers.

BFUJ, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), National Press Club and Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) organised the rally.

The journalists staged a work abstention and hunger strike in Dhaka in the past.

Leaders of several journalist organisations also spoke at the progarmme.

Police remained vigilant while the road in front of the Press Club was closed to traffic during the Sunday programme.

Journalists' leader and former Press Club president Riazuddin Ahmed said, "The results will not be pleasant if they (government) try to cover up the murder case."

" What is happening surrounding the investigation is a shame. We will counter attack if someone tries to hush it up," he said.

The journalists on Feb 27 staged a one-hour abstention demanding identification and immediate arrest of the assailants.

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