Bangla daily Inqilab published a false report on a joint forces' drive in Satkhira aiming to spoil the existing relationship between Bangladesh and India, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said today.
The report was published also to create a riot in Bangladesh and insult the joint forces members, the minister said.
Inu, also president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, was talking to journalists after an executive committee meeting at his party office at Bangabandhu Avenue, private satellite channel Somoy TV reports.
The minister's comment came a day after detectives raided the office of Inqilab and picked up four journalists, sealed off the press, plate-making and server rooms, and seized three computers.
The drive was conducted 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.