Miscreants carried out an attack on the sacked journalists of the daily Janakantha who were protesting against the dismissal in front of Janakantha Building in the capital’s New Eskaton Road on Sunday afternoon, leaving at least 10 of them injured.
The injured received treatment in different hospitals and clinics.On March 15, the authorities of the Bangla daily dismissed 60 percent of its journalists and employees. They have been demonstrating against the dismissal since then.
The information ministry assured them of finding a solution to the crisis. But after that another journalist was fired as he was in contact with the sacked ones.
Injured Firoz Manna, who was the senior reporter of the daily, said that they were holding the protest in front of the newspaper office at about 12:00 noon.
They locked the main gate of the newspaper building from the outside at about 12:25 pm as part of their protest.
A group of miscreants equipped with bamboo sticks and iron rods then attacked them in the afternoon.
He claimed the attackers were the hired men of the Janakantha authorities.Earlier, leaders of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) and other organisations also took part in the protest.