Sangram editor placed on 3-day remand


A case under the Digital Security Act has been filed against him

A Dhaka court has placed the Daily Sangram Editor Abul Asad on a three-day remand under police custody in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.

Metropolitan Magistrate Dhiman Chandra Mandal passed the order after Hatirjheel police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) (Operation) Inspector Golam Azam, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced the editor before the court on Saturday afternoon.

Sub-Inspector (SI) Farid Mia, general recording officer of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court, said the investigation officer sought a five-day remand in his plea, while the court granted three days to interrogate the accused.

Earlier on Friday night, freedom fighter Md Afzal Hossain filed the case with Hatirjheel police station.

On Friday night, police took Abul Asad into custody for terming the executed war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah a “martyr” in a news published in the paper on Thursday. The arrest came after activists of Muktijuddho Mancha, a platform of freedom fighters’ descendants, vandalized the office of the daily in Dhaka. 

Known as the “Butcher of Mirpur” during the Liberation War, Quader Molla was hanged on December 12, 2013, for committing crimes against humanity in 1971. The execution was carried out three days before Bangladesh celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Victory Day.

Quader Molla was also the former assistant secretary general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

A mouthpiece of Jamaat, Daily Sangram published the report on its front page with the headline: “Today is the sixth martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Abdul Quader Molla.”

Quader Molla was also the executive editor of Daily Sangram.