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BANGLADESH: Journalist Belal in critical state

Sheikh Belal Uddin was critically injured in the Khulna Press Club bombing

The Daily Star
Friday, February 11, 2005

Dhaka -- Rumours that journalist Sheikh Belal Uddin had succumbed to his injuries at the combined military hospital (CMH) were rife as his condition worsened yesterday.

"His condition is critical, but he is alive," Col Nazrul Islam, director of inter-service public relations (ISPR) directorate, told BDNEWS at about 11pm.

Belal, the Khulna Bureau Chief of daily Sangram, was injured in a bomb blast in front of Khulna Press Club on February 5. He was brought to Dhaka the following day.

Journalists at Sangram in Dhaka said they too had heard the rumour, but physicians at the CMH told them that Belal was alive.

No progress in investigation

Khulna -- Police here could not make any progress in the investigation into the Khulna Press Club attack case.

Seven out of eight arrestees are being quizzed by IO Asaduzzaman Faraze also Sub-Inspector of Khulna Police Station. The remand period of seven arrestees will expire today.

When asked, a senior officer of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) said important clues have been obtained from the seven arrestees about the bomb blast during the interrogation.

Khulna journos stage sit-in

Khulna -- Khulna journalists staged sit-in on the press club premises from 11:30am to 12:30pm yesterday protesting bomb attacks on Monday night that left four newsmen injured.

Former Additional IG of Police Abdur Rahim Khan and former Police Super Ataul Gani Badsha expressed solidarity with the sit-in programme.

Asia Institute