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Journalists demand Rony̢۪s arrest, expulsion

AL says Rony not its member

Staff correspondent

Journalist leaders on Monday demanded the arrest of ruling Awami League lawmaker Golam Maula Rony and expulsion of him from parliament in seven days, while the party said it would take no action against Rony as he held no post in the party.
The journalist leaders made the demand at a human-chain in front of the National Press Club organised by Independent Group protesting against the attack of Rony and his men on two journalists on Saturday.
They said that if the demands were not met, they would take to the street.
The newsmen participating in the human-chain also declared Rony an enemy of media.
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists faction president Ruhul Amin Gazi, Dhaka Union of Journalists faction general secretary M Baker Hossain and Dhaka Reporters Unity president Shahed Chowdhury and general secretary M Elias Khan, among others, addressed the programme.
The Awami League, however, would not take any action against Rony as he does not hold any post in the party, its spokesman Mahbubul Alam Hanif told New Age.
He said that had Rony hold any post, the party would have immediately taken action against him.
Hanif, also the AL joint general secretary, said the parliament could take action against Rony as he was a lawmaker.
Patuakhali district AL general secretary Khan Mosharraf Hossain told New Age that Rony did not have primary membership in the district AL.
‘As he is not our member, we cannot take any action against Rony,’ he said, wondering how he got party nomination in the 2008 general elections.
Patukhali AL leaders in 2010 lodged complaints with the party high command against Rony on various allegations.
Rony beat up Imtiaz Momin and Mohsin Mukul, reporter and cameraman of Independent Television, in his Topkhana Road office on July 20 when they went to him for his comments about an bribery allegation against him.
Minister without portfolio Suronjit Sengupta at a discussion on Monday termed the attack by a lawmaker unexpected.
‘I expect an acceptable solution to the matter immediately upholding the traditional good relationship between media and politicians,’ he said adding that a politician must show respect to media.
The Independent Television authority filed an attempt-to-murder case against Rony on Saturday. Rony also filed an attempt-t-murder case against Salman F Rahman, one of the owners of Independent TV, and others.
A Dhaka court on Sunday granted bail to Rony.
Rony, the lawmakers elected from Patuakhali 3 constituency, earlier in 2009 harassed two local journalists and his followers attacked four reporters in Patuakhali for reporting river encroachment by Rony. He also sued a number of journalists.
The Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating into a corruption allegation against Rony.
Dhaka University Journalists Association on Monday formed a human chain at the base of Aparajeya Bangla on the campus demanding exemplary punishment for Rony.
Addressing the human-chain, Dhaka University history professor Sayed Anwar Hossain termed the incident of assaulting journalists physically a ‘shame’ for the ruling party.
Association president MM Jasim chaired the programme, which was also addressed, among others, by its general secretary Saddam Hossain and office secretary Elias Sunny.

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