Law enforcers lock up the printing press of the daily Inqilab on January 16. File photo
Law enforcers this evening opened the printing press of the Bangla daily Inqilab paving the way for resuming its publication.
A team of the Detective Branch of police around 6:45pm unsealed the press situated at Ram Krishna Mission Road at Motijheel in the capital, Habibur Rahman Talukder, general manager of the Inqilab, told The Daily Star.
He said they will start work to publish the newspaper after completing some legal procedures. The GM expected that the legal procedures will be completed by tomorrow.
The detectives on the night of January 16 raided the Inqilab office and picked up three journalists, sealed off the press, plate-making and server rooms, and seized three computers.
The move came hours after the law enforcers filed a case against the paper's editor, publisher, chief reporter and a reporter for publishing “baseless” news that Indian forces took part in operations in Satkhira ahead of the January 5 polls.
The detainees are News Editor Rabiullah Rabi, Deputy Chief Reporter Rafiq Mohammad and Diplomatic Correspondent Ahmed Atique. Afjal Bari, a senior reporter at the daily, was also picked up on that night but was released hours later.
Meanwhile, Atique made a confessional statement before a magistrate on Thursday following a remand in connection with the report.
Following the arrests, the newspaper authorities in its online version apologised for publishing the report.