Ten of the Talukder’s thugs kidnapped Morshed from his place of work on 9 August and took him before Talukder, who personally administered the beating, which was prompted by an article in the national daily Jugantor the previous day implicating him in a corruption scandal.
The president and general secretary of the local press club were also beaten when they tried to intervene. Covered with bruises, Morshed was released during the night.
Talukder denied using any violence when reached by phone. "I never beat him," he said to Reporters Without Borders. But his supporters have continued to threaten journalists in Baufal, parading outside the press club. Many terrified journalists have fled the city.
The police did not intervene to protect the journalists. One police officer, Nur Muhammad, went to the home of several correspondents and threatened to bring false charges against them if they continued to protest about Talukder.
In the past, he had assaulted Al-Mamun, local correspondent of daily Prothom Alo,Jidendranath Roy of Jugantor and Kamruzzaman Bachchu of Janakantha. He even had threatened to cut the hand of Kamruzzaman and other reporters if they would write against him.
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