Noted photographer Shahidul Alam yesterday expressed concern over Hizb ut-Tahrir, a banned radical outfit, allegedly demanding withdrawal of the case filed against him under ICT Act.
Issuing a press release, Shahidul said he has no connection with Hizb ut-Tahrir and its activities, and that the incident has tarnished his professional and socio-cultural image.
He went to Dhanmondi Police Station to lodge a general diary (GD) in this connection on December 23 but police informed him that they would forward his application to the Cyber Crime Unit for investigation, according to the press release.
The internationally-acclaimed photographer and rights activist was released on bail on November 20 after 107 days in jail, following an ICT Act case lodged against him.
“I have come to know via online news portals that posters demanding that the case against me be dropped are attributed to the militant and banned extremist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is currently being propagated allegedly with the help of Al Qaeda,” Shahidul said in the press release.
“I have absolutely no connection with either Hizb ut-Tahrir or Al Qaeda in any form. I have had no previous dealings with these two organisations, nor do I welcome their support,” he said.
“By linking me with the banned organisation, an attempt is being made to implicate me in their subversive and illegal activities… I also fear that such linkage with subversive and illegal activities will be damaging and could be potentially life threatening.”
“I am mortally concerned by this alleged campaign and am feeling insecure. I feel that necessary legal steps by the relevant law enforcement agencies and an immediate investigation are urgently needed,” he added.
Citing the online news portals, Shahidul said that the posters have been seen on the walls adjacent to Road-7 in Dhaka's Gulshan.