A group of police, led by Tejgaon Industrial police officer-in-charge Salahuddin, on Sunday evening stormed into New Age premises without showing any reason. — New Age photo
A group of police led by Tejgaon industrial police station officer-in-charge Salahuddin on Sunday evening stormed New Age premises without giving any reason at about 8:20pm.
Salahuddin said that he had ‘serious information’ about something for which they needed to search the newspaper office. He, however, refused to say anything about the ‘serious information.’
Before storming into the premises, the team of 15 to 20 policemen walked around the newspaper premises for around 30 minutes, said local people.
They said that the policemen asked them whether New Age office was there.
When the police led by Salahuddin ran into the premises, New Age security officials asked them about their purpose.
New Age journalists also went out and asked the police team about the reason of their storming into the newspaper office premises during peak hours.
New Age journalists also told the police team that they were ready cooperate with the police if necessary, but Salahuddin was so aggressive that did not care to listen.
The journalists then asked the policemen to show search warrant if any.
The policemen, two in plainclothes, including Salahuddin, however, did not disclose the reasons and asked the policemen to search the newspaper office.
‘Search the each corner of the office,’ Salahuddin asked his team.
When asked, why they were not showing any official order, Salahuddin said, ‘Have you bought the country? Are you out of law? Are you teaching me law?’
He continued to shout.
He also threatened the newsmen saying that they would ‘see New Age employees later on.’
Senior journalists of New Age approached there, but the policemen issued the same threat to them.
Before leaving the spot, the police team captured video clips of New Age staff and journalists.
When approached, Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner (Tejgaon division) Biplob Kumar Sarker told New Age that police had information that some miscreants might create anarchy besides New Age. Based on that information, the police team went there, he said.
‘There was nothing for the police to do inside New Age office,’ said Biplob.
‘After getting information about the incident, I talked to my additional deputy commissioners over phone and asked them to withdraw the team from there,’ Biplob added.
Following seniors’ instruction, the police team left the spot at about 8:40pm.
When contacted over phone, Salahuddin told New Age that they had information that some Jamaat-e-Islami and Shibir men gathered near New Age office to create violence.
Source: New Age