MOPA: Kurigram DC being withdrawn

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Earlier in the day, Ariful was directly taken to the hospital after being released from jail

The Ministry of Public Administration (MOPA) has said Kurigram Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sultana Pervin will be withdrawn as evidence of picking up and torturing journalist Ariful Islam was found to be true.

“Departmental action will also be taken against her (Sultana Pervin) in this regard,” State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said at a press conference held at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday.

“Not only the DC, but all those who were involved with the incident will be brought to book considering their situation,” he added.

The state minister also said an investigation into the incident found most of allegations against the DC to be true. 

Earlier in the day, Ariful was directly taken to the hospital after being released from jail.

Photo shows bruised back of Dhaka Tribune journalist Ariful Islam | Dhaka Tribune

Ariful, Kurigram district correspondent for Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune, was granted bail by Additional District Magistrate Sujauddowla on Sunday morning.

He was given bail on Tk25,000 bond and under the custody of Kurigram Press Club President Ahsan Habib Nilu, also a lawyer. 

When asked, Advocate Sakhawat Hossain, who stood for Ariful, said Ahsan Habib appointed him for the purpose.

Dhaka Tribune journalist Ariful Islam at  Kurigram General Hospital premises on Sunday, March 15, 2020 | Dhaka TribuneOn March 14, the journalist was sent to jail, soon after a mobile court, set up at the office of the Kurigram deputy commissioner (DC), ended the trial proceedings.

The mobile court in the dead of night jailed the journalist for a year, after law enforcement members led by magistrates picked him up from his home in Kurigram town.

The mobile court brought an allegation against the journalist that drugs and alcohol were recovered from his possession, which his family termed absurd.