Sangram editor on 3-day remand
A Dhaka court on Saturday placed Abul Asad, editor of the Daily Sangram, on a three-day remand in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
On Thursday, the Daily Sangram published a report on the front-page labelling the executed war criminal Abdul Quader Molla as a "martyr."
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Mamunur Rashid passed the order as Sub-Inspector Md Golam Azam of Hatirjheel Police Station, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced him before the court with a five-day remand prayer.
Lawyers SM Kamal Uddin and Abdur Razzak stood for Asad in the court and sought bail for the Sangram editor.
Hatirjheel Police on Friday night arrested Abul Asad, editor of The Daily Sangram, a mouthpiece of Jamaat-e-Islami, in a cased filed by Freedom Fighter Mohammad Afzal
Sangram's Chief Reporter Ruhul Amin Gazi and Deputy Editor Sadat Hossain have been made accused in the case.
Quader Molla, known as 'the butcher of Mirpur', was hanged on December 12, 2013 after conviction by the International Crimes Tribunal.
The newspaper commemorated the day on Thursday with a report headlined "Today is the sixth death anniversary of martyr Abdul Quader Molla."
The report sparked protests as a group of activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student front of the ruling Awami League, burnt copies of the newspaper.
Protestors subsequently vandalised The Daily Sangram office at Moghbazar in the capital on Friday. They later handed Asad over to the police.
"We will resist whoever speaks against independence or the Liberation War," Md Al Mamun, a leader of the pro-liberation platform "Muktijuddho Mancha", told the daily observer on Saturday.
Mamun demanded cancellation of the newspaper's declaration and threatened to stage more protests if the demand is not met within a day.