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Habiganj Samachar Editor sued for report on MP, sent to jail

A Habiganj court yesterday sent Golam Mostofa Rafiq, editor of a local daily, to jail in a case filed under the ICT Act.

Afruz Mia, president of Pukra union unit Jubo League, on Sunday lodged the case against Mostofa and two others with Baniachang Police Station for allegedly running a false report on Abdul Majid Khan, ruling Awami League lawmaker of Habiganj-2 (Baniachang-Azmiriganj constituency), on June 8.

Others accused in the case are Rasel Chowdhury, acting editor of the Daily Habiganj Samachar, and Niharanjon Saha Niru, managing editor of the daily.

Citing a report of a Dhaka-based online newspaper that around 80 ruling AL lawmakers would not get the party nomination in the next general elections, the Daily Habiganj Samachar published a report and mentioned the names of the lawmakers, including Abdul Majid, in the report.

Around 3:00am yesterday, police arrested Mostofa, also a freedom fighter, at the office of the local newspaper, said Mozammel Haque, officer-in-charge of Baniachang Police Station.

Mostofa was later produced before Habiganj Judicial Magistrate’s Court that sent him to jail, said Kazi Kamal Uddin, Habiganj court inspector.

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