Police on Sunday arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman allegedly for threatening the Imam with death in a Facebook posting for administering burial ceremony for slain Shahbagh uprising activist and blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider.Assistant Police Commissioner of Chittagong for Hathajari circle AFM Nizam Uddin told bdnews24.com that Farabi was arrested at the second entrance to Chittagong University at 8pm.
He is an honours final-year student of physics at the university. Farabi whose hometown is Brahminbaria lived in a mess adjacent to the place where he was arrested.
“Farabi has been arrested on charges of issuing death threat in Facebook to the Imam who administered Janaza of Rajib,” said Nizam.
He said police had intelligence that he had been involved in the politics of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Nizam refused to elaborate on the matter.
The Imam who will administer the Janaza of Thaba Baba (Facebook name used by Rajib) will be killed too. The namaz-e-janaza is only for Muslims. It cannot be held for a ‘nastik’ (atheist) or ‘murtad’ (apostate) who used indecent words against Allah and his Rasul throughout his life,” read Farabi’s Facebook status posted on Jan 15.
“Thaba Baba’s body should be fed to the tigers at Mirpur zoo. So the soil of Bengal will not let anyone, who throughout his life rebuked Allah and his (Prophet) using words can hardly be uttered, sleep in its lap.”
Rajib was killed before the day the status was posted, at around 4pm.