Law enforcers were trying to arrest popular comedian Abu Hena Rony in connection with a case filed for making a “derogatory comment” about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on his Facebook account, police said today.
“He [Rony] is on run. We are trying to arrest him," said Sub-Inspector Kahiruzzamn Ripon of Singra Police Station in Natore.
Ripon, also the investigation officer of the case, said police were also collecting evidence and investigating the matter.
Earlier, Hafizur Rahman Sabuj, joint secretary of Awami Jubo League’s Singra upazila unit, filed the case against Rony under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act on Thursday night, reports our Natore correspondent.
Rony, also a “Mirakkel Akkel” Champion, posted a status with a photo on his personal Facebook account about the PM's recent photo in Cox’s Bazar which went viral.
Sabuj, plaintiff of the case, told The Daily Star that Rony often comments against the PM on his Facebook. “I have collected these from his Facebook page. The PM has a personal life but Rony made bitter comment about her life also.”
It’s just a joke, says Rony
Meanwhile, Rony told our local correspondent that he had posted the photo “just for a joke”.
"As a comedian, I’ve posted the photograph and the status only for joke, not for any political motive," he said.
He, however, deleted the post following the outrage on the social media platform and public anger.
“I am sorry if I have hurt anybody with the Facebook post," he added.