Detective Branch (DB) of police on Friday night picked him up from his rented apartment in Khulna city, which he reportedly used to rent with the late Mushtaq Ahmed, and cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore
Ruhul Amin, the coordinator of Khulna Sramik-Krishak-Chhatra-Janata Oikya Parishad, has been arrested in a case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for protesting the recent death of author Mushtaq Ahmed in jail.
Khulna Metropolitan Police’s (KMP) Detective Branch (DB) on Friday night picked him up from his rented apartment in Khulna city, which he reportedly used to rent with the late Mushtaq Ahmed, and cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, sources say.
He was handed over to Khalishpur police station later that night, where he was shown arrested in the DSA case filed by KMP’s DB.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Khalishpur police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Kazi Mostaq Ahmed said Ruhul Amin has been made the lone accused in the DSA case filed by KMP’s DB.
Speaking on the matter, BM Nuruzzaman, deputy commissioner of KMP's DB, said Ruhul Amin has been sued under the DSA for allegedly destabilizing the state and creating social unrest.
Following his arrest, police produced Ruhul before the Khulna Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on Saturday afternoon and sought a five-day remand for interrogation.
In response, Judge Sarwar Ahmed granted a two-day remand.
Earlier on Friday, Ruhul Amin posted a status on Facebook, condemning the state for the death of Mushtaq Ahmed which later led to his arrest.
In his Facebook post he wrote: “The state was not liberated for the people, but to establish the reign of the Sheikh family. Those who do not obey this family, will have to taste death inside prison in a similar fashion.”
Meanwhile protesting the arrest, the Khulna Sramik-Krishak-Chhatra-Janata Oikya Parishad staged a demonstration in front of the deputy commissioner's office around 11:30am on Saturday.
Speakers at the rally demanded the immediate release of Ruhul Amin and the repeal of the Digital Security Act. They said the DSA has snatched away the people’s right to free speech.