JnU student remanded under Digital Security Act

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:29, Apr 12,2019 | Updated: 02:00, Apr 13,2019


A photo of Forhad Hossain taken from Facebook

A Jagannath University student was remanded in police custody for two days on Friday for interrogation in a case filed by a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader for his alleged comments on Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SM) on Facebook.
Metropolitan magistrate Debabrata Biswas passed the order after Kotwali police produced the university’s Bangla department third semester student Forhad Hossain Fahad, arrested at Shakhari Bazar in Dhaka on Friday in
the case filed under Section 32 of the Digital Security Act.
‘We are interrogating him for his derogatory comments against Allah and his Prophet (SM),’ said Kotwali police station inspector (investigation) Mashiur Rahman.
On April 8, law student of the university Md Nur-e-Alam, also a leader of the ruling Awami League-backed student body Chhatra League, filed the case against Forhad with Kotwali police.
Nur annexed to the complaint a screen shot of a chat between Forhad and another one on messenger app.
After the filing of case, Forhad told media that he always wrote against extremism and fundamentalism on Facebook and he was prosecuted as
some groups could not tolerate it.
He alleged that some people opened various fake Facebook accounts after his name and made some derogatory posts
and comments regarding religion.
Before his arrest, Forhad said that he received death threats from different people.
On his Facebook wall, he highlighted the secular quotes of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and explained why he liked Persian Poet Jalal Ad-Din Muhammad Rumi and his thoughts.
On his April 4 comment, he wrote that he was a hafiz of Al Quaran, educated at a qaumi madrassah, and learnt about Muslim scholars and scientists.
In the post, he also wrote that with studying Muslim scholars, he tried to bridge the gaps among the people but a few ‘extremist Shibir’ and pro-‘Hefazat’ hatched conspiracy against him and opened fake
account on Facebook to propagate against his free thinking.
He also said that Muslim scholars Ibn Sina, al Razi and Omar Khayyam, among others, had faced similar conspiracies in their eras.
New Age JnU Correspondent reported that university proctor Nur Mohammad said that they primarily got evidence after investigation that Forhad made some derogatory posts and comments on religion on Facebook.
He said the university authority sent a letter to the police station concerned to arrest Forhad.
Some Islamic groups brought out procession on the campus protesting his posts on social media.

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