Blogger Asif Mohiuddin placed on 3-day remand

A Dhaka court on Thursday placed blogger Asif Mohiuddin, who was arrested on Tuesday night for his alleged involvement in posting anti-Islamic write-ups on the internet, on a three-day remand.

Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Anwar Sadat passed the order after Detective Branch (DB) of police produced him before his court with a remand prayer.

DB Inspector Mainul Islam produced Asif Mohiuddin before the court and sought for taking him on a 10-day remand. On the other hand, his lawyer Prof M Alauddin Mollah filed a bail petition.

After hearing, the court granted a three-day remand rejecting the bail petition.

On Tuesday night, plainclothes police arrested blogger Asif Mohiuddin for his alleged involvement in posting anti-Islamic write-ups on the internet.

With the arrest of Asif, the number of arrested bloggers rose to four.

Earlier, on Monday night, the detectives arrested three bloggers -- Mashiur Rahman Biplob, 42, (online pseudonym ‘Allama Shaitan’), ex-student of Dhaka university, Russell Parvez, 36, (‘Apobak’) and Subrata Shuvo, 25, (`Lalu Kasai’) from different areas of the city on charge of making derogatory comments against Islam and Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) through the internet.

DB police have launched a crackdown on the bloggers, who are allegedly involved in anti-Islamic activities through posting write-ups on the internet amid Islamist organisations threat of nonstop shutdown and tougher agitations if what they said the ‘atheist bloggers’ are not arrested.

Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamic organisation, has already announced to launch a long march towards Dhaka from Chittagong on March 6 demanding the arrest of ‘anti-Islamic bloggers and the atheists and the enemies of Islam’.

A number of bloggers came under attacks for their derogatory comments about Islam and Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) through the internet.

On February 15, blogger Rajib, (‘Thaba Baba’ online) was hacked to death at Polashnagar in the city’s Pallabi area.

Even blogger Asif was stabbed at Uttara on January 14. Later, DB police arrested four suspected Islamic militants from different parts of the capital on Sunday night on charge of attacking and injuring Asif.