A schoolboy was arrested in Magura for posting “offensive remarks about Islam” on Facebook.
Police detained Dipu Biswas, a student of class nine at Singra High School, from Singra village of Shalikha upazila around 11:30pm on Monday.
They showed him arrested in a case filed yesterday afternoon under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act.
Local community police chief Shankar Biswas, also plaintiff in the case, and Dipu's neighbours said the boy is aged around 15.
Interestingly, Abu Zihad Fakrul, officer-in-charge of Shalikha Police Station, said the case statement read that he is 18.
Dipu was produced before a court yesterday where “he admitted his crime” Fakrul said, adding that police would submit the charge sheet in the case within a week.
Fearing reprisal from locals over the Facebook post, Dipu's parents and brother left their house yesterday morning, said their neighbours.
Dipu's father is a betel leaf trader and his mother is a domestic help.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Tarikul Islam said there was tension in the area after Dipu posted offensive remarks about Islam on Facebook.
Hurt by the remarks, locals staged demonstrations at Singra Bazaar on Monday evening. Things became normal after he was detained by police, he said.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Chhatra Union in a statement condemned Dipu's detention, saying the arrest of a schoolboy without any warrant was a violation of human rights.