Bangladesh police arrest prominent human rights activist
DHAKA (AFP) - The police in Bangladesh on Sunday said they have arrested a prominent human rights activist for spreading "false and fabricated information" about a May security force crackdown on hardline Islamist protesters.
Plainclothes officers detained Mr Adilur Rahman Khan, the secretary of Bangladeshi rights group Odhikar, at his home late on Saturday and he has been remanded into custody for five days for questioning, Dhaka police spokesman Masudur Rahman said.
Odhikar expressed concern that Mr Khan might be tortured during his detention, while the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has protested the arrest.
"He spread false and fabricated information on the Shapla Chattar operation," Mr Rahman told AFP, referring to the May 5 to 6 crackdown on Islamist group Hefajat-e-Islam.