Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said on Thursday that the journalists who were wounded during the recent students' demonstrations would be provided with free medical treatment. He also said that financial allocations would be accorded for this purpose.
Hasanul Haq Inu made this statement on Thursday while exchanging views with the leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the Secretariat. He expressed hope that the miscreants who assaulted journalists would be nabbed by Saturday (August 11).
Information State Minister Tarana Halim, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Principal Information Officer Kamrun Nahar, BFUJ President Molla Jalal and DUJ President Abu Jafar Surjo attended the meeting. Prominent journalists Shaban Mahmud, Sohel Haider Chowdhury and some other well-known media figures were present at that time.
Hasanul Haq Inu said that the government is serious about arresting and taking firm actions against the hooligans who attacked journalists while the protests over road mishaps were going on a few days ago.
BFUJ and DUJ leaders said during the meeting that the government has blamed infiltrators from Jamaat-Shibir for conducting the attacks on reporters. In that case the ruling party should detain the attackers within the shortest possible time and expose them to the people, the journalists told the Information Minister.
Leaders of BFUJ and DUJ expressed their anguish over the delay to arrest the assailants. However, everyone present in the meeting conveyed their opinions in favor of building up the country with the spirit of the Liberation War of 1971 overcoming all discrepancies.
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