DSA case: Charges pressed against cartoonist Kishore, 6 others

Police on Sunday submitted a supplementary charge sheet against seven people, including cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore and Rastrachinta activist Didarul Islam Bhuiyan in a Digital Security Act (DSA) case filed on charges of spreading rumours and carrying out anti-government activities.

Five other accused are Shamiul Islam Khan alias Zulkarnain Saer Khan, former managing director of BLE securities Minhaj Mannan Emon, Netra News Editor Tasneem Khalil, Ashik Imran and Wahidun Nabi.

Afchhar Ahmed, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) sub-inspector and also the investigative officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court.

Sub Inspector Md Nizam Uddin, general recording officer of the Dhaka court, confirmed the matter to UNB.

However, Afchhar dropped the names of four others including US-based journalist Shahed Alam, Germany-based blogger Asif Mohiuddin, and some Philip Schuhmacher due to lack of enough evidence against them in the case. The name of writer Mushtaq Ahmed, the main accused in the case, has been dropped following his demise.

In February, police submitted a charge sheet against three of the accused, dropping the names of eight others.

Later, a Dhaka court ordered the DMP CTTC unit to further investigate all the 11 accused in the case.

On May 6 last year, RAB filed the case against the 11 people with Ramna police station on charges of spreading rumours and carrying out anti-government activities, under the DSA.

Source: United News of Bangladesh