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Police have arrested a youth on allegations of hurting religious sentiments under the Digital Security Act (DSA) in Moulvibazar on Friday evening. The youth has been identified as Pritom Das, an activist of an organization called Rashtra Sanskar Andolon. According to police, Pritom shared a quote of Pakistani writer Sadat Hasan Manto on Facebook on July 7. His post created unrest as screenshots of the post became widespread. Read: Police again arrest Jumon Das in DSA case On August 29, a local Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader shared the screenshot of Pritom’s post and asked the authorities to take action against him. On August 31, locals brought out a procession demanding the arrest of Pritom, after which he went into hiding. Last week, Mahbub Alam Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist, filed a case against Pritom, based on which police made the arrest, said Humayun Kabir, Inspector (Investigation) of Srimangal Police Station.
Narail court has placed college student Akash Saha on a three-day remand in a case over a Facebook post that allegedly hurt religious sentiment in Lohagara upazila of the district. Senior Judicial Magistrate Morshedul Alam passed order on Sunday after investigating officer of the case Makfur Rahman, also sub-inspector (SI) of Lohagara police station, sought a seven-day remand to interrogate him. Police arrested Akash Saha from Khulna Saturday night. Besides, another case was filed against 200 to 250 people at Lohagara police station on Sunday night in connection with the vandalism of houses and shops and attacks on two temples in Sahapara, said Sheikh Abu Hena Milon, officer-in-charge of the police station. Read: Narail vandalism: Youth held over Facebook post ‘hurting religious sentiment’ On Friday, an angry mob went on a rampage in Lohagara upazila of Narail district damaging at least two houses of the Hindu community and several shops at Digholia Bazar following the Facebook post by the youth. Haran Chandra Pal, officer-in-charge of Lohagara police station, said the college student belonging to the Hindu community posted a remark on Facebook hurting religious sentiments on Friday. As the news spread like wildfire, a group of local people thronged Digholia Bazar and vandalised two houses and six shops that night. They also set one of these houses on fire over the issue, the OC said. They also vandalised chairs and sound boxes of Shahapara temple and tin roof of Akhrabari temple during the mayhem. On information, police rushed to the spot and fired in the air to bring the situation under control. Additional police forces were deployed in the area to avert further trouble.
Police in a drive arrested Narail college student Akash Saha from Khulna Saturday night over a Facebook post that allegedly hurt religious sentiment, police said on Sunday. An angry mob on Friday went on a rampage in Lohagara upazila of Narail district damaging at least two houses of the Hindu community and several shops at Digholia Bazar following the Facebook post by the youth. Haran Chandra Pal, officer-in-charge of Lohagarha Police Station, said the college student belonging to the Hindu community posted a remark on Facebook hurting religious sentiments on Friday. As the news spread like wildfire, a group of local people thronged Digholia Bazar and vandalised two houses and six shops that night. They also set one of these houses on fire over the issue, the OC said. Also read: Hindu houses, shops vandalised in Narail They also vandalised chairs and sound boxes of Shahapara temple and tin roof of Akhrabari temple during the mayhem. On information, police rushed to the spot and fired in the air to bring the situation under control.Additional police force were deployed in the area to avert further trouble. Read:Narail teacher's humiliation: Sadar thana OC stand-released The protesters also staged demonstrations in front of the house of Akash demanding his arrest. Prabir Kumar Roy, superintendent of Narail Police on Sunday said “Legal steps will be taken against the offenders after investigation.
Two more cases were filed against Nurul Haque Nur, former vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) for allegedly hurting religious sentiment in Dhaka and Sylhet on Monday. Ilias Hossain, a resident of City’s Shantinagar area, filed the case with Paltan Police Station under the Digital Security Act (DSA) on Monday. Also read:Nur sued over 'hurting religious sentiment' The student leader was accused for allegedly delivering provocative, fake and defamatory comments on social media and stoking religious hatred on April 15, said Abu Bakar Siddik, Officer-in-Charge of Paltan Police Station. Besides, in Sylhet another case was filed with Kotwali Model Police Station. Chhatra League leader of Sylhet city unit Kishore Jahan Sourav filed the case, said Officer-in-Charge of Kotwali Police Station SM Abu Farhad. Earlier on Sunday, Ashraful Islam Shojib, member of Awami League central committee filed another case under the DSA slapping same charges against Nur. The case statement said Nur has hurt the religious sentiment of Awami League supporters with his outrageous comments during a programme on April 16 in Shahbagh area. Also read:How are diplomats, civil society members associating with Nur ... No Muslims can support Awami League, Nur said in his speech adding that only some extortionists, cheaters, drug traders, fortune seekers support AL, the statement added. The ex-DUCSU VP also placed the badge of 'Fake Muslims' against supporters and leaders of Awami League, appearing on a Facebook live recently. “They (Awami League) are not Muslims — they don’t have any faith. Please inquire if any of them prays five times daily," Nur said. “No Muslim can support Awami League. Those who support the Awami League are fake Muslims,” he added. “They take bribes, engage in extortion, drug trafficking and tender business and claim themselves as Muslims,” the student leader said.
The authorities of Islamic University in Kushtia formed a three-member probe body to investigate allegations against one of its students of hurting religious sentiment.
Miscreants torched seven houses belonging to the Hindu community in Korbanpur of Muradnagar in Cumilla on Sunday afternoon as they allegedly hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims on Facebook.
Rangpur divisional commissioner and Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of Rangpur Range visited the spot where a rabid and belligerent mob beat a man to death and burned his body in Lalmonirhat’s Patgram upazila accusing him of ‘disrespecting the Quran’.
The authorities of Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST) on Saturday suspended a student as he allegedly posted negative remarks about idols of Hindu religion.