Eight members of Detective Branch (DB) of Police have been closed to the district police lines for reportedly torturing a cameraperson of a private television channel.
Confirming the news, Deputy Commissioner (South) of Barisal Metropolitan Police Golam Rauf said: "A probe committee has been formed and departmental action will be taken against the responsible persons after the investigation.
The eight DB members led by Sub-inspector Abul Bashar raided a house near old Beauty Hall in the city's South Chawkbazar area on Tuesday evening.
The tortured cameraperson of private TV station Dhaka Bangla Channel, Sumon Hasan, was present there during the raid and at one stage of the operation, Suman engaged in an altercation with the law enforcers.
The DB members later swooped on the cameraperson and started beating him up mercilessly. They also hit his testicles making him unconscious.
The detectives then took Sumon to their office and tortured him inhumanly again.
They also assaulted some senior journalists when they went to the DB office.
Later, the senior journalists informed the matter to BMP Deputy Commissioner Golam Rauf who regretted the incident and ordered actions against the eight DB men.
Sumon alleged that the DB team swooped on him as he wanted to know about the drive. “They got furious when I introduce myself as a journalist,” he said, adding that they also threatened to implicate him in a drug case and kill him in a crossfire.
BMP Assistant Commissioner (DB) Nasir Uddin said SI Abul Bashar and seven members of his team, including two assistant sub-inspectors, were closed as the torture of the journalist was primarily proved.
Meanwhile, Barisal Press Club, Barisal Reporters Unity, and other journalist associations condemned the torture.