Sylhet youth arrested for post supporting Nupur Sharma

Police will file a case in this connection

Police in Sylhet have arrested a young man for his Facebook post supporting the derogatory remarks recently made about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma in India. 

Srabon Saontal Raj, a local medicine seller, was arrested in Jaflong on Monday.

Imrul Kabir, sub-inspector of police at Gowainghat police station, confirmed the arrest to Dhaka Tribune. He said Raj had posted content that was considered provocative and supportive of what Nupur Sharma had said in India. Following his post, local people became agitated and demanded his arrest. 

The SI said that police would file a case against him in this regard.

Police have also requested people to refrain from creating posts on social networking sites that may hurt people of any particular religion or sect. 

On Friday, thousands of Muslims in several districts of Bangladesh held demonstrations, protesting the recent derogatory remarks on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by two former BJP spokespersons.

India's ruling BJP said on June 5 that it had suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma in response to comments she made during a TV debate about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Sharma said on Twitter she had said some things in response to comments made about a Hindu god but she had no intention of hurting anyone's religious feelings.

Another BJP spokesman, Naveen Jindal, was expelled from the party over comments he had made about Islam on social media, the BJP office said.