A Dhaka court on Monday sent BNP Standing Committee member MK Anwar to prison in a case in which he stands accused of incitement of religious passion and defamation.
The BNP leader was on a two-month bail over the case filed by Shwechwasebak League leader Debasish Biswas.
Defence lawyer Masud Ahmed confirmed that MK Anwar appeared at court for an extension of his bail. “But the court sent him to jail.”
On May 5, during Hifazat-e Islam rally in Dhaka’s Motijheel, makeshift shops near national mosque Baitul Mukarram were set on fire. Hundreds of copies of the Holy Quran were gutted in the fire.
The next day, MK Anwar, in a press conference, claimed that the mayhem was led by Debasish Biswas and not by Hifazat supporters.
On May 7, Biswas filed a case at the court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.
The court took into cognisance the charges and issued warrant of arrest against MK Anwar.
The High Court had granted two-week bail to the BNP leader on May 13 but that has now been quashed.