Khulna Correspondent: Protest including human chain is going on unabated by the journalists of southern region on demand of unconditional release of Journalist Mizanur Rahman Milton, editor and publisher of a local Bangla Daily Khulnanchal and also former Vice President of Khulna Press Club who was arrested for the alleged involvement in a money laundering case.
Working journalists of Khulna formed a human chain in front of Khulna Press Club on Thursday (At around 11 am on June 13, 2019).
Journalists who addressed the human chain are – President of Khulna Press Club SM Habib, General Secretary Md. Saheb Ali, President of Khulna TV Reporters Unity Mamun Reza, Vice President of Khulna Press Club Rashedul Islam, Senior Journalist Kazi Motahar Rahman Babu, former President of KUJ and present joint secretary of Khulna Press Club Anwarul Islam Kajol, senior journalist Sohrab Hossain, Treasurer of Khulna Press Club Rafiul Islam Tutul, Staff Reporter of local Bangla Daily Purbanchal HM Alauddin, Crime Reporter of Daily Probaha Muhammad Nuruzzaman, Chief Reporter of Khulnanchal Kazi Shamim Ahmed and others. Besides, more than 100 media-men were also present in the human chain.
The human Chain was moderated jointly by Khulna Bureau Chief of the Daily Ittefak Enamul Haque and Staff Reporter of Khulna Office of the Daily Kaler Kantho Kowshik Dey.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday human chains were also formed by the journalists of Daulatpur, Khanjahan Ali-Phulbarigate and Arongghata areas in the city.
On Friday afternoon at around 5 pm (on June 14, 2019) a human chain was formed by the journalists while journalists Sheikh Ezaz Ahmed, Motlubur Rahman Mitul, Golam Rosul Badsha, Saifullah Tarek, Ripon Molla, Ruhul Amin ,SM Shamim and Arifur Rahman Babu and others delivered speeches during the human chain. Some other journalists were also present in the human chain.
A human chain was formed at Deara Kheyaghat area in Digholia upazila of Khulna district on Wednesday afternoon ( At around 4 pm on June 12, 2019) on demand of release of Journalist Mizanur Rahman Milton, editor and publisher of a local Bangla Daily Khulnanchal and also the Khulna Correspondent of a Television Channel.
Journalists and elite persons of the locality participated in the human chain spontaneously.
The human chain was conducted jointly by journalist Saifullah Tarek and SM Shamim .
Among others who were present and addressed the human chain are – Journalists Ezaz Ahmed, Ripon Molla, Golam Rosul Badsha, Imdadul Haque, Gazi Makul Uddin, Mosharaf Hossain, Md. Zahid Iqbal, Md. Mamun, Lokman Sardar, Mizanur Rahman Milton ,Mihir Ranjon, Manosh Gharami and Anup Bairagi.
During the human chain the speakers told that Journalist Milton was arrested intentionally first and later a money laundering case was filed against him which is false, fabricated, baseless and intentional, added the speakers in the human chain.
The speakers demanded speedy release of editor Mizanur Rahman Milton.
Apart from this area, at some other places of different upazila areas of Khulna district and also in Kushtia district, human chains were also formed in this connection. Besides, President of Khulna Press Club SM Habib, General Secretary Md. Saheb Ali and other members of Khulna Press Club also expressed deep concern and demanded release of Journalist Milton.
It is mentionable here that on June 10. 2019, a CID (Criminal Investigation Department) team arrested Journalist Mizanur Rahman Milton from a Posh Hotel, located in Khulna city at Shibbari intersection on charge of involvement in a money laundering case, according to the Police. Milton was handed over to Kalia police station of Narail district.
Md. Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kalia police station informed this matter to the journalists.