The human chain was formed around 1pm on the road adjacent to the JU Shaheed Minar
Bangladesh Students' Union (BSU) formed a human chain on Sunday at Jahangirnagar University (JU), demanding immediate release of folk singer Shariyat Sarker Bayati, who was arrested under the Digital Security Act on January 11.
The human chain was formed around 1pm on the road adjacent to the JU Shaheed Minar.
The activists also demanded punishment for the miscreants who attacked the theatre artists including dramatist Muhammad Nuruzzaman on January 11.
Prof Dr Mahmudul Hasan at the protest said: "The Digital Security Act was passed to prohibit freedom of expression."
Demanding the repeal of the law, Mahmudul also said that the Digital Security Act is unconstitutional.
Bangladesh Students' Union JU branch President Mikha Piregu said: "Our country which was liberated by demolishing communalism is now bowing down to communal forces. Being pressured by them, the government changed textbooks, removed the statue that symbolizes justice, destroyed the education system by mixing religious studies with general studies. We are determined to take a stand against the conspiracy to make Bangladesh a communal state."
"We demand immediate release of Shariyat Bayati, and justice for the attack on the theatre artists," Mikha added.
On January 9, Maolana Faridul Islam, head teacher of Agdholla Darussunnah Forkania Hafizia Madrasa, filed a case against Shariyat Bayati under the Digital Security Act.
Shariyat Bayati was arrested on January 11 from Bashil in Mymensingh's Bhaluka upazila. On the same day, the court granted a three-day remand against the 10-day remand sought by the police.
Meanwhile, artists of Bunon Theatre were attacked on January 11 when they were returning from Bangabandhu Drama Festival in Moulvibazar. Four were injured, and Assistant Professor Muhammad Nuruzzaman of JU, along with several female artists, were humiliated.