Remand plea filed for Rafiqul Islam Madani, who is accused of spreading negative and provocative remarks about the administration on YouTube
Forensic experts have examined Shishu Bokta Rafiqul Islam Madani's mobile phone and found it full of obscene “adult content” and pornography, police have said.
A seven-day remand prayer was filed with the Gazipur Senior Judicial Court on Tuesday, the hearing of which has been set for April 15.
Gazipur Metropolitan Police’s (GMP) Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Iltutmish disclosed the information at a press briefing at Gachha police station on Tuesday.
The deputy police commissioner said four mobile phones were seized from Rafiqul Islam Madani, 28, a so-called Shishu Bokta (child speaker).
After forensic tests of the seized mobile phone, experts said Madani used to regularly view adult pictures and videos on his mobile phone, and he would also store and distribute the website link to others. Subsequently, an accusation under section 8 (5) (a) of the Pornography Control Act 2012 was added in the case filed against him.
Two cases have been filed against him under the Digital Security Act.
Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Iltutmish said Rafiqul Islam is currently in jail.
ADC Mohammad Ahsan, Gachha police station OC Ismail Hossain and Inspector (Investigation) Nandalal were present at the press conference.
On the morning of April 7, RAB-1 members arrested Rafiqul Islam Madani from his house in Letirkanda area of Purbadhala upazila of Netrokona district. He was handed over to Gachha police station in Gazipur on the same night.
On April 8, RAB-1 Nayeb Subedar Md Abdul Khaled filed a case against Rafuqul under the Digital Security Act. Rafiqul Islam Madani was produced in the court of Gazipur Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Shariful Islam after being shown as arrested in the case.
After the hearing, the court ordered him to be sent to Gazipur District Jail.
He was later transferred to Kashimpur Central Jail-2 on April 10.
A separate case was filed against him under the Digital Security Act with GMP's Basan police station on April 11.
Why was he arrested?
Shishu Bokta Rafiqul Islam Madani has been accused of spreading negative and provocative remarks about the state through YouTube, which created panic in the minds of the people and disrupted law and order.
According to the cases against him, Rafiqul directly called for armed jihad and incited terrorism through his videos on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media websites.
Several destructive activities were carried out in various places, including Dhaka, Brahmanbaria and Chittagong, following his provocative statements.