Police seek Shahidul Alam’s remand in ICT case

Police have requested a 10-day remand to question photographer and activist Shahidul Alam in connection with an ICT Act case.

Court Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 6 August 2018, 12:48 PM
Updated : 6 August 2018, 12:48 PM

Detective Branch Inspector Arman Ali produced the Drik Gallery founder before the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s court on Monday.

The petition will be heard by the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Noor.

Alam was brought to the court premises barefoot around 5:30pmunder strict security conditions by police.

Ten to twelve lawyers, including Barrister Sara Hossain, Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, Advocate Prakash Ranjan Biswas and Jibananda Chandra Jayanta were present in court to represent Alam.

Alam, who is also the founder of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, is also involved in the human rights movement. He streamed videos on Facebook Live discussing the clashes in the Jigatala area amid student protests for road safety on Saturday andSunday.

He also criticised the government during an interview on Al Jazeera.On Sunday night, his family told the media that he had been taken from his home in Dhanmondi.

On Monday morning, police said that the photographer had been taken to the Detective Branch police offices for ‘questioning’.

Police did not make a statement as to why he had been detained until the late afternoon, when Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman told bdnews24.com that he was the sole suspect in a case filed against him at the Ramna Police Station.

The case accuses him under section 57 of the ICT Act of using ‘fantastical information’ to spread ‘lies’ among the population, spreading information with intent to provoke, attempting to ‘invalidate and question’ the government on the international stage, ‘deteriorating’ the law and order situation, conspiring to spread ‘fear and terror’ and ‘abusing’ an electronic platform to do so.