Sangram editor sued for printing Amar Desh


Abul Asad, editor of Bangla daily Sangram, and Mahmuda Begum, acting chairman of daily Amar Desh, were sued on charge of printing, distributing and marketing Amar Desh without the permission of the government.

On Saturday, two days after the arrest of Amar Desh acting Editor Mahmudur Rahman, the Dhaka district administration, aided by Ramna police raided the press and office of Sangram in the capital’s Moghbazar area for printing Amar Desh in last two days without the government permission.

Executive Magistrate Nasrin Sultana filed the case with Ramna Police Station late Saturday night, Thakur Das Malo, a sub-inspector of the police station, told The Daily Star on Monday.

The magistrate filed another case with the same police station Saturday night against the Amar Desh authorities for printing the daily at Al-Falah Printing Press without permission.

During the April 13 raid which was conducted for nearly one hour from 11:00pm, they also seized 210 copies of Saturday’s issue of Amar Desh and 5,000 copies of its Sunday issue from the Al-Falah Printing Press.

Police also picked up 19 of the Amar Desh press staff from the Sangram office.

Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of Bangla daily Amar Desh, was arrested on Thursday and placed on a 13-day remand in three cases.

Several hours after his arrest, police locked the Amar Desh press and seized a computer and some documents.

Mahmudur was arrested on charge of sedition for publishing Skype conversations between Justice Md Nizamul Huq, former chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1, and Ahmed Ziauddin, an expatriate Bangladeshi legal expert.

He was also shown arrested in two other cases, filed last month with Tejgaon Police Station for acts of violence and assaulting police during hartals.

Source: The Daily Star


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