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NGO director sued for questioning deaths in Mina

Update : 27 Sep 2015, 07:44 PM

Shyamnagar Awami League leader Mohon Kumar Mondol, also director of a local NGO named “Leaders,” has been arrested in a case filed 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.

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.

The plaintiff is also the president of local Press Club.

The detainees were produced before a Satkhira court yesterday and the judge sent them to jail.

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 from the parliament. 

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