BSS journalist claims he was tortured by BGB in Lalmonirhat

The district correspondent of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha was allegedly tortured by members of Border Guard Bangladesh in Lalmonirhat when he went to collect information on drug smuggling in the region last night.

He is also the correspondent of Dainik Janakantha.

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Journalist Jahangir Alam Shahin was allegedly tortured by BGB men, reports our Lalmonirhat correspondent quoting the journalist.

“BGB filed a case against Jahangir for carrying a bottle of phensedyl and handed him over to police along with his motorbike,” Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station Officer-in-Charge Shah Alam told The Daily Star.

The journalist along with his associate Sohag Islam went to the Kulaghat area, about 7km away from the town to collect news around 11:30pm last night.

On the way, a BGB patrol team stopped them beside Kulaghat Bailey Bridge. At one point while the journalist was speaking with BGB members about drug smuggling, BGB Kulaghat special camp commander Habildar Anwar Hossain got angry and attacked them.

Jahangir’s associate Sohag was beaten up and released.

“I was taken to a BGB camp where three or four BGB members, including Anwar Hossain, tortured me mercilessly. I was beaten with sticks. They kicked me with their boots,” Jahangir said while taking treatment at the hospital.

“I even apologised to them for collecting information on drug smuggling, but they became more enraged and used abusive language while torturing me,” he said.

“A BGB patrol team searched Jahangir Alam Shahin’s body and recovered a bottle of phensedyl from him. He was not beaten, but he was injured while running away from the spot,” Habildar Anwar told this correspondent.

Lalmonirhat 15 BGB Battalion’s Commanding Officer Lt Col SM Touhidul Alam said the journalist was detained with a bottle of phensedyl but denied that he was beaten and injured.