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Bangladeshi journalists arrested over 'false' report

Published on Jan 17, 2014 5:25 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police arrested three journalists from a pro-opposition newspaper for publishing a "false" story claiming Indian forces had helped to contain recent election violence, an officer said Friday.

The news editor, deputy chief reporter and diplomatic correspondent of Dhaka-based Bangla-language daily Inqilab were arrested late Thursday after police filed a case against the publication.

"They published the sensational news that goes against the country's sovereignty despite being aware that it was false and baseless," Dhaka police spokesman Monirul Islam told AFP. "We have arrested three journalists involved with the report. We raided the office following due procedures, only after obtaining a search warrant issued by a court," Mr Islam said.

The report, published on Thursday, said the Bangladesh government took assistance from Indian security forces to contain protests in the southwestern district of Satkhira, which borders India, ahead of January 5 national elections.

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