Bangladeshi police arrested a teacher on Thursday over a social media post that allegedly criticized a former health minister and senior Awami League member who died of COVID-19.
Kazi Zahidur Rahman, a computer science and engineering teacher of Rajshahi University, was arrested under the controversial Digital Security Act from his home, police said.
“The teacher was arrested after a lawyer filed a case against him under the Digital Security Act. He was accused of giving objectionable post over (Mohammed) Nasim, our former health minister,” Efe news quoted a police officer as saying.
Nasim, who served as the health minister between 2014 and 2019, died on June 12 at a Dhaka hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for COVID-19.
Rahman is the second university teacher to be arrested under the Digital Security Act for criticizing Nasim.
On Sunday, a female lecturer at the Begum Rokeya University was arrested for a Facebook comment against Nasim.
Police charged 41 individuals under the act between April 1 and May 6, according to Human Rights Forum Bangladesh.