Among those injured were Javed Akhtar of ATN News, Jannatul Ferdous Tanvi of Independent Television, Noor Mohammad of Ajkar newspaper, Fazlul Haque Mridha of Jago News, Solaiman Swapan of Zaham TV, Mehdi Hasan Mim of DBC, and Ibrahim of Baishakhi TV. Javed Akhtar was initially taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital before being transferred to the private hospital Health and Hope in Panthapath.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when the police suddenly intervened during a commotion caused by pro-Awami-BNP lawyers at the polling station in Shaheed Shafiur Rahman Auditorium of Samiti Bhavan, where the voting was scheduled to begin at 10 am. The commotion among the lawyers started around 11:30 am, leading to police intervention and subsequent attacks on both sides. The police also targeted the journalists who were present at the scene to cover the news.
According to senior reporter Ashutosh Sarkar from the Daily Star, the President of the Supreme Court reportedly assaulted the Law Reporters Forum (LRF), an organization of journalists. During the incident, Sarkar introduced himself while performing his professional duties, but he was still attacked by the police. Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and other judges from the Appellate Division were present at the time and were made aware of the attack. The Chief Justice instructed the LRF to file a written complaint, which later submitted.
The LRF’s president, Ashutosh Sarkar, and general secretary, Ahmed Sarwar Hossain, demanded punishment for the police officers involved in the attack in a circular.