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Dhaka Tribune

NGO official held for derogatory remarks on Hajj

Update : 26 Sep 2015, 03:47 PM

Shyamnagar upazila Awami League leader Mohon Kumar Mondol, also director of a local NGO named “Leaders,” has been arrested sent to jail in a case filed on Saturday for hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims through his Facebook status.

Local police made the arrest on Saturday afternoon after Shyamnagar unit Awami League President Akbar Kabir filed the case under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act. Kabir is also the president of Shyamnagar upazila Press Club.

Officer-in-Charge of Shyamnagar police Enamul Huq confirmed the arrest to the Dhaka Tribune. A staff of the NGO was also held for requesting the police not to arrest Mohon.

Mohon had removed the status, posted at 11:12am on Saturday, within a short time, locals said.

In his post, echoing the views of sacked Awami League minister Abdul Latif Siddique about Hajj management, Mohon criticised Saudi Arabia's security arrangements at Mina during the Hajj and negligence in dumping the dead bodies after the September 24 stampede.

He also questioned the rationality of throwing stones at devils during the Muslim ritual suggesting that such devils were roaming around everywhere.

A number of cases were filed against Latif Siddique after he made “derogatory” remarks about the Hajj, Tabligh Jamaat and the prime minister's son. He was also removed from the cabinet and his party membership scrapped. Later he resigned as parliament member.

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