A Rangpur court on Wednesday rejected the bail petition of Titu Ray, the lone accused in the case of defaming Islam and its prophet in a Facebook post that led to a November 10 arson attack on the houses of Hindus at his ancestral village Thakurpara in the district.
Rangpur vacation court judge Mohammad Mujibur Rahman passed the order rejecting Titu’s bail prayer.
Representing Titu, lawyer Nasima Khanom argued that Titu was innocent and had not posted anything defaming Islam and its prophet on Facebook.
She argued that Titu was a victim of conspiracy and was detained and sent to jail unjustly.
On November 26, Rangpur judicial magistrate Ariful Islam rejected Titu’s first bail prayer.
Titu was detained on November 14 and was remanded in police custody twice for four days each without being defended by any lawyer. A Rangpur court sent him to jail on November 21.
Public prosecutor Abdul Malek opposed the bail plea and argued that the investigation in the case would be hampered if he was granted bail. He also said, the allegation against him was very sensitive and the Facebook post had hurt the Muslim religious sentiment.
On November 10, a mob set fire to 10 houses and vandalised seven houses and two temples at Thakurpara protesting at the Facebook content allegedly posted by Titu.
A suspected attacker was killed and 20 others were injured as the police opened fire to disperse the mob.