The detention follows
Tuesday’s arrests of three bloggers for alleged ‘inflammatory postings’ in
Internet blogs pertaining to sensitive religious issues.
an Islamist platform, demanded detention of ‘atheist bloggers' and threatened to
undertake a march from Chittagong to Dhaka on Apr 6 to push for it.
Monday three bloggers -- Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob and
Russell Parvez – were arrested on charges of hurting people’s religious
sentiments following the demand of Hifazat. They also took them in their custody
for quizzing following a court order.
Several online activists have
responded to the arrest of the three bloggers. Amarblog.com authorities have
closed down their blog site after the arrests in protest.
on the blog’s homepage says the site will reopen only after the bloggers were
Imran H Sarkar, spokesperson for the
Ganajagaran Mancha, has also slated the government for the arrests.
bloggers and online activists initiated protest at Shahbagh on Feb 5 seeking
capital punishment to war criminals and a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami after the War
Crimes Tribunal-2 gave life term to the party’s Assistant Secretary General
Abdul Quader Molla.
Later, the protest turned into a mass uprising as it
spread across the country.
Hifazat, a group based in Chittagong, had been
opposing the movement since its beginning alleging that the protesters had
The radical group also demanded that the Ganajagaran
Mancha be taken down and ten ‘atheists’ bloggers, including Asif, be
Detectives of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) had earlier
held the Asif for only 18 hours and later released him advising him to ‘stop
He had also come under attack by unknown miscreants on the
night of Jan 14 supposedly for his write-ups in the blogs.
He was later
treated as Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Detectives detained four youths from
several parts of the city on Apr 1 for their suspected involvement in the attack
They are Saad Al Nahin, 24, Mohammad Kawsar, 26, Mohammad Kamal,
23 and ‘Kamal’ 28.
The police said they confessed to attacking Asif
during preliminary interrogation.
The government recently formed a
committee to scrutinise postings on Facebook and in blogs in the wake of demands
by some organisations that oppose the Ganajagaran Mancha.
Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and Law Minister Shafique Ahmed announced at a joint
press briefing that immediate action would be taken against those trying to hurt
people’s religious sentiment through internet postings.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), there are at least 30
million internet subscribers and 3.2 million Facebook users in