A Tangail court on Tuesday sent back baul singer Shariat Sarkar to judicial custody on completion of his three-day interrogation in police custody in a case under Digital Security Act for hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims.
The Mirzapur police arrested the 40-year-old folk singer Shariat of Agdhalya under Mirzapur in Tangail from Seedstore area under Bhaluka in Mymensingh on Saturday and a Tangail court sent him to police custody for three days to be questioned on the same day.
Agdhalya Jame Masjid imam Mohammad Faridul Islam filed the case with Mirzapur Police Station on January 9, accusing Shariat of making derogatory comments during a performance that hurt his ‘religious sentiment’.
Over 100 followers of Shariat then gathered at the police station and at the court on that day to see him.
On Tuesday, the last day of his three-day interrogation, dozens of baul singers across the country as well as his villagers and family members went to the police station to visit him.
Shariat’s brother Marfat Sarker told New Age that his brother was a pious Muslim and that is why it was not possible for him to make any derogatory comment about Islam.
‘Human beings are not above mistakes. Maybe, he did some mistake. Arguments are needed while singing Pala Gaan. There might be mistakes then,’ he said.
‘During interrogation, Shariat admitted that he had made a mistake. And, he regretted his mistake,’ said Saidur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the police station.
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