A Dhaka court has ordered to jail four bloggers detained on charges of posting ‘inflammatory writings on sensitive religious issues’ on the internet.
The court of Dhaka
Metropolitan Magistrate Erfan Ullah on Wednesday fixed Apr 15 for further
hearing on the detainees’ bail pleas. There were no remand pleas on the
It also ordered detective police Inspectors Sazzad Hossain and
Mainul Islam to be present on Apr 15. They had quizzed the bloggers in
Of the blog activists, Asif Mohiuddin has already been quizzed
for four days, while Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob and Rasel
Parvez were grilled for seven days.
The latter three were picked up from
the capital on Apr 1 following demands raised by a radical Islamist
organisation, Hifazat-e Islam. The following day, a court granted police a
seven-day remand rejecting their bail pleas.
On Apr 4, a Dhaka court
granted the law keepers three days to quiz Asif, a day after he was called to
the detective police office. His remand was extended by another day
It was a group of bloggers and online activists who first started
protesting against the ‘lenient’ life sentence to convicted war criminal
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla for crimes perpetrated during the 1971
The movement eventually spread across Bangladesh and the
demonstrators demanded maximum penalty for the convicted war criminals and a ban
on the Jamaat.
Chittagong-based Hifazat-e Islam came to limelight after
it announced programmes to thwart a rally of the Shahbagh protesters in the port
city last month.
The radical group termed the protesting bloggers
‘atheists’ and demanded their punishment.
Widely believed to be backed by
the Jamaat, the group held a rally in capital Dhaka on Apr 6 to press for their
demands including punishment of the bloggers and formulating a new
anti-blasphemy law. The government has, however, denied any move to formulate
such a law to try those hurting religious sentiments, saying that the existing
laws were sufficient for the purpose.
A Hifazat-prepared list of 10
‘atheist bloggers’, who the group demanded be hanged, had Asif Mohiuddin’s
Asif was attacked previously in January presumably for his writings
Of the bloggers, Shuvo is an MA student of the Dhaka
University, and Biplob and Rasel are former students of the premier