Jahangirnagar University student arrested for Facebook slur on Sheikh Mujib, Hasina

A Jahangirnagar University student has been arrested for a slanderous attack on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on his Facebook account.

Jahangirnagar University Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 6 August 2015, 03:01 PM
Updated : 8 August 2015, 11:04 AM

The university handed over Shamsul Alam Babu to Ashulia police on Wednesday night.

The university’s security official Zefrul Hasan said the student was turned over to police following complaints lodged by leaders of the university unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

BCL is the student front of the ruling Awami League.

Babu is the son of Sekandar Pramanik of Pabna’s Ataikula.

He is a fourth-year student of Government and Politics and a resident of Mawlana Bhashani Hall.

Ashulia police OC Mostafa Kamal said a case had been filed against him under Information and Communication Technology Act.

Zefrul Hasan said Babu commented on a post of BCL university unit Organising Secretary Murshidur Rahman Akand from a Facebook account of ‘Kabir Mamu’.

Hasan quoted Babu as commenting, “Sheikh Hasina hasn’t become so great a person to get Allah’s message of assurance.”

BCL Vice-president Al Amin Setu along with Akand nabbed Babu and handed him over to the university authorities on Wednesday afternoon.

They also submitted a written complaint to the university administration asking for legal action against him.

Setu claimed Babu had earlier also made malicious comments on Bangabandhu and Hasina.

“From that ID several posts were made on Bangabandhu and the prime minister earlier. We have evidence of those. We have informed the university administration of everything.”

Before going to the police station, Babu admitted that he made the comment.

“I made the comment from religious perspective since none except prophets get message from Allah.”

He said, “But I did not think it could hurt anyone.”

He admitted his ‘mistake’ and offered apology.

Murshedur Rahman said BCL activists were “very strict” about any conspiracy against Bangabandhu and the prime minister.

“Since he is a university student, we want him to return to the usual state after correcting himself.”

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