Published:  12:10 AM, 15 November 2017

Journos threaten tougher movement for Utpal Das

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) President Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul hinted that they might announce tougher demonstrations demanding trace of journalist Utpal Das, who has been missing for about a month."Journalists will hold a grand rally on November 25. The rally will announce programs for Utpal, new wage board and overall security issues for journalists," he said.

Bulbul came up with the remark at an agitation program in front of Jatiya Press Club yesterday. Later a memo was submitted to Ministry of Home Affairs demanding trace of Utpal. "Journalists are being deprived of arrears at several houses. Even some of the journalists' leaders alleged that their houses were not paying the salaries," said Bulbul and he blamed a "vicious circle" for that.

He invited journalists across the country to attend the grand rally in the capital.Journalist leader Omar Faruk said they would force the media houses to pay salaries, if required.Dhaka Journalists Union (DUJ) president Shaban Mahmud, at the agitation, said he personally had informed the home minister, IGP and RAB DG about Utpal.        

Other journalist leaders also expressed disappointment at the failure of the law enforcement agencies for not succeeding to find out Utpal, a senior reporter of Utpal’s family members previously sought PM’s intervention to get him back. 

Contacted, Motijheel police OC Omar Faruk said they are trying to trace the journalist. Meanwhile, human rights body Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) expressed deep concern over Utpal's going missing and demanded the law enforcers to take proper steps to trace him.

From the National Press Club, the journalists yesterday brought out a silent procession towards the secretariat. Around 1:00pm, a representative group of the journalists handed over the memorandum to the home ministry.

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