‘Say your prayers now, you’re about to be in an encounter’

Nuruzzaman Labu and Moazzem Hossain from Kurigram
Published : 18:00, Mar 15, 2020 | Updated : 18:07, Mar 15, 2020

Bangla Tribune journalist Ariful Islam has secured bail from the Additional District Magistrate's Court in Kurigram Sunday (Mar 15) morning.

Immediately after, he was taken to Kurigram General Hospital to receive medical attention.

It is there that he described the details of the incident occurring in the early hours of Saturday (Mar 14).

Narrating the event, Arif said: “My family and I went to bed after dinner at midnight on Friday. All on a sudden, we heard knocks on the door. When I asked who’s there I didn’t get any response. So, I tried to reach the Sadar police OC over the phone. Hearing me trying to call the police, men led by Kurigram Senior Assistant Commissioner (Tax) Nazim Uddin broke into my home and started assaulting me.

"They proceeded to take me to an isolated place and shoot me there.

"Nazim kept on saying: 'Say your prayers now, you’re about to be in an encounter.”

In the early hours of Saturday, Ariful Islam was assaulted and picked up from his home in Kurigram reportedly on charges of possessing half a bottle of local liquor and 150g marijuana. Later in the night, a mobile court sentenced him to a year in prison.