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Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  
   
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Top men of two TV channels quizzed over Bogra reporting


Top police officials have interrogated some executives of private satellite channels Channel-i and ATN Bangla in connection with the airing of news on the sensational ammunition and explosives haul in Bogra.

Police officials went to the ATN Bangla office at around 7:45 pm yesterday and interrogated some executives of the TV channel.

On Monday, three police officials led by deputy commissioner (south) went to the Channel-i office at around 11:00 pm and interrogated Director, News Shaikh Siraj, Chief News Editor Shah Alamgir and Chief of Correspondents Saiful Amin.

Police officials stayed there for nearly an hour and quizzed them about the bulletin that also reported the arrest of a few Jamaat-e-Islami workers in connection with the haul.

However, it could not be exactly known what the police tried to find out, as the TV channels remained tight-lipped.

Earlier on Sunday, Secretary General of Jamaat and Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Khandaker Golam Faruq filed two general diaries (GDs) with Ramna and Tejgaon police stations against Channel-i and ATN.

The Jamaat secretary general in his GD accused Channel-i of falsely implicating Jamaat leaders in the Bogra ammunition and explosive haul incident.

Golam Faruq, meanwhile, filed the GD following the ATN's report that the ammunition and explosives were being smuggled out to India from Chittagong.

Besides, Bogra Jamaat leaders had earlier threatened two local correspondents of the TV channels for, as they put it, 'untrue reporting'.

Meanwhile, Awami League Joint Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday expressed grave concern over the filing of the GDs.

In a statement, the AL leader said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government had made the country a realm of murder, rape and forcible occupation. "Journalists are being regularly subjected to repression for reporting such incidents," he added.

"The entire nation is now worried about the haul of the biggest ever cache and all expects that the identity of the behind-the-scene operators will be exposed soon," Quader said.