Jamal Uddin

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An unidentified group of men armed with sharp weapons,
including machetes, attacked Uddin at a tea stall in Kashipur village in the
district of Jessore on the border with India, according to news reports. The
assailants slashed his arms, legs, and eyes, leaving him with multiple severe
injuries, news reports said. Uddin died at a local hospital later that night,
the reports said.

Uddin, a reporter for the Bengali-language daily Gramer
, had been threatened in the past in relation to his reporting on the
local criminal drug trade, police told local journalists.

In July, police arrested Raju Mollik, who told a Jessore
court that he was among the group of men who had called Uddin to meet at the
tea stall, according to the local news website bdnews24.
Mollik also said he had helped the assailants drug the journalist and attack
him when he passed out, the report said. The suspect said the attack was in
reprisal for his reporting, bdnews24 reported.

Mollik and at least two other suspects were in custody in
late 2012 pending further legal proceedings, according to local news reports.