Action after identifying attackers of journalists: Inu

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Dhaka, August 07: Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Tuesday said that actions would be taken against those carried out attacks on journalists after identifying them.The Minister came up with the statement in a press briefing at his office in the Secretariat.

Inu said, “Journalists were attacked at some places which was unfortunate. Today (Tuesday), we will send a letter to the Home Ministry to identify the attackers through scrutinising video footages of the incidents. Though the Minister (Home Minister) has already give me a verbal assurance of taking steps in this regard. I will tell him again. It’s our duty to ensure security for journalists on duty. I’m expressing sorrows for the incident. We must be alert so that such incident does not repeat.”

The Minister also rejected a statement issued by Embassy of the United States of America in Bangladesh over the attacks on student protesters demanding safe roads, terming it unprecedented.

Inu also urged the US Embassy to withdraw its statement.

Admitting that there were clashes in Dhanmondi area of the capital, Inu said no attack took place on the protests and the children.

There were some sporadic clashes across the capital which the law enforcers tried to control. Amid such situation, it is a matter of grief that the US Embassy issued such a statement, he said.

According to the statement, the children’s protests were subsided through use of force by carrying out barbaric attacks on them, but the truth is that no such incident occurred in the first place, the minister said.

Alleging that the US Embassy’s statement misrepresented the situation in Dhaka, the minister said that it was an attempt by the embassy to interfere in the country’s internal matter.

The information minister also rejected a statement of United Nations Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo on the innocent students’ protests demanding safe roads and said the statement is an unprecedented one and has misrepresented the real situation in the country.

The minister also urged the UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh to withdraw the statement and refrain from making such statement in future.