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AL leader threatens journo over report on extortion by UNO

  • Published at 07:31 pm April 19th, 2020
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The journalist said he has an audio recording of the conversation with two leaders of Awami League Savar Unit, that can prove his point in the court

A journalist has been threatened by an Awami League leader (AL) and a upazila parishad chairman for publishing reports over Upazila Nirbahi Officer’s extortion (UNO) in Savar.

A case has been filed with Savar Model police station, said the plaintiff, Motiur Rahman Bhandary, Savar correspondent of Daily Jugantor alleging the chairman, Monjurul Alam Rajib--who is also a general secretary of Savar Awami League upazila unit-- threatened him, and as such he along with his family is living in fear following the incident.

The journalist Motiur Rahman alleged, Sayem Molla, a leader of Bangladesh Awami Swechasebak League made a call to him and upon announcing his name and designation handed over the phone to the accused chairman Rajib.

In the call, the AL leader Rajib asked Motiur why he had dared to ask questions over the UNO’s fund and said he along with the UNO had initiated a fund by collecting Tk50,000 each from the UP chairmen of the district.

The UP chairman said: “Do not consider our UNO as naive as the Kurigram UNO and from today keep it in mind that my people will keep an eye on you.”

“Go and complain to your Editor if you dare,” he said before disconnecting the call.

Motiur Rahman, the Jugantor’s journalist said, he and his family are living in fear as several sources confirmed an upcoming attack is on its way as an aftermath of his reports against the UNO.

The journalist said he has an audio recording of the conversation with two leaders of Awami League, that can prove his point in the court. 

The UNO of the area, Parvejur Rahman Jumman reportedly made a fund by collecting Tk50,000 each from UP chairmen for coronavirus affected people. But the fund is claimed to be forcibly extorted by the UNO and his well-wishers and is wrongfully used, claimed several sources seeking anonymity.

However, the UNO Parvejur Rahman Jumman denied all allegations against him and said: “I received a call from the reporter to talk about the fund a few days ago. But he never called again and I don't know anything about the incident either.”

When contacted,  Chairman, Monjurul Alam Rajib remained unreachable despite repeated calls.

Confirming the matter, Sub-Inspector of Savar Model police station said: “A case has been filed and we are looking into the matter.”