Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bangladeshi photo-journalist detained by Indian border forces


Guwahati, June 16, 2009: Eminent Bangladeshi photo-journalist Dr Shahidul Alam has been detained by the Border Security Forces (India) today (Tuesday) evening while working on the Indo-Bangladesh border areas.

The founder of Driknews, a portal dedicated for news photographs, Dr Alam was working for his project titled Brahmaputra in the Bangladesh side of the border, claimed Rahnuma Ahmed, the director of Driknews.

Mentionable that the Dhaka based Driknews is, as stated in the portal, an independent body of Drik Picture Library, aims to cover news photography and investigative reporting by disseminating both locally and internationally through the web.

“He (Dr Alam ) called me at 18:21 pm to tell me that the guards had asked him to come over, and then detained him at Sahapara 21 IPP, across the border from Rowmari. His two colleagues remained on the Bangladeshi side,” said Rahnuma Ahmed #

Nava Thakuria is journalist based in Guwahati, Assam. He could reached by phone: +0091-98640-44917 mobile, navathakuria@gmail.com