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Inqilab office sealed off

Police pick up 4 newsmen, editor sued under ICT act

Staff Correspondent

The police on Thursday evening sealed off the office and printing press of the daily Inqilab causing suspension of the publication of the newspaper.
A senior correspondent of the daily confirmed that the newspaper would not be published today.
Earlier, detectives raided the office of the daily and picked up four newsmen from there over the publication of a rumoured report on presence of Indian troops in the bordering district of Satkhira.
Police has filed a case under Information and Communication Technology act against Inqilab editor AMM Bahauddin, publisher of the newspaper, chief news editor and a staff reporter with Wari police station, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman.    
Some 40-45 members of Detective Branch police cordoned the office
building at 8:30pm and took the journalists out of the newsroom and interrogated them before picking up four newsmen, said special correspondent of the newspaper Shakhawat Hossain.
The detained were news editor Robiullah Robi, acting chief reporter Rafique Mohammad, staff reporter Ahmed Atik and computer operator Abdus Sahid.
The detectives also seized four central processing units (CPU) and other printing materials, said employees of the house. The detectives kept the newspaper office cordoned off and allowed no one to enter or get out till this report was filed at 10:00pm.
In the case, the police said that daily Inqilab had published a false and fabricated news report in its online and print versions titled ‘Satkhiray Joutho Bahinir Operation e Bharatiya Bahinir Sahayata’ (Indian troop’s assistance in joint force’s operation in Satkhira).
Earlier, the daily published the report based on a pair of ‘documents’ rumoured to be leaked — a fax message and an e-mail, which were anonymously getting around on social networking sites.
The fax and the e-mail seemingly contained ‘correspondence’ between high officials of the ministry of foreign affairs based in Dhaka and the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi. The ministry has rejected the authenticity of the two ‘documents’.
Talking to media on Wednesday, Shameem Ahsan, director-general (external publicity) of the ministry described the ‘documents’ as fake, categorically stating they were ‘photoshopped’.
Earlier, police had raided the printing press of the daily ‘Amar Desh’ and sealed it off on the night of April 11, 2013, hours after arresting its acting editor. Later on, the broadcast of Diganta television was shut on May 5 last year.  

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