Inqilab news editor on 5-day police remand

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Wednesday remanded daily Inqilab news editor Robiulla Robi in police custody for five days for interrogation in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology Act for publishing a on allegation of irregularities against an influential police officer.
Metropolitan magistrate, SM Ashiqur Rahman, passed the order after Detective Branch inspector Azizur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, produced the 55-year-old journalist before the court seeking him in custody for 10 days.
A detective team arrested Robiulla at Inquilab office on RK Mission Road in the capital at about 11:15pm on Tuesday.
Inquilab reporter Faruque Hosain said that the Wari police raided their office on Tuesday evening and seized two computers which were used in writing and editing the report.
Assistant inspector of police (planning and research) Proloy Kumar Joardar, also former protocol officer of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, filed the case with Wari police station at about 8:25pm against Inquilab editor and publisher AMM Bahauddin and its city editor, chief reporter and reporter concerned for publishing the report on August 18.
The report headlined ‘A police creates ring of terror using the prime minister’s name’ stated that Proloy was taking bribes for transfer and posting of policemen and selection of policemen for UN peace keeping  missions. The report also alleged that Proloy had created ‘Hindu League’ in the police service.
During the hearing, cyber tribunal public prosecutor Mohammad Nazrul Islam Shamim argued that Robiulla needed to be interrogated to reveal the names of people behind the scene.
Defence counsel Syed Ahmed Gazi opposed the petition.
Earlier on January 16, the police arrested three Inqilab journalists, including Robiulla, and sealed off its printing press for publishing a report claiming that Indian forces had taken part in operations in Satkhira ahead of the January 5 parliamentary polls. The three journalists had been released on bail.

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