Dhaka: Bangladesh on Saturday temporarily
blocked the social network Facebook amid demands by a radical
organisation to ban the website for hurting sentiments of
No official comment was immediately available for the
closure of the popular network. However, an official source on
condition of anonymity told PTI that the Bangladesh
Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) blocked it on
directives from the government.
The private bdnews24 news agency said the measure was
taken on a request from the elite anti-crime Rapid Action
Battalion (RAB) as users suddenly were barred from logging
into the network since 6.30 pm.
A RAB spokesman, however, rejected the report, saying
no request was made on their behalf to block the network.
The development came two days after the leader of the
radical Islamic Shashantantrik Andolon, Fazlul Haque Amini,
demanded a ban on the network for reported posting of
materials hurting Muslim religious sentiments.
A row erupted in Pakistan when it recently decided to
cut off access to Facebook till May 31 over a page featuring
blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.
Bangladesh government-run BSS news agency earlier
today reported that the RAB troops arrested a "cyber criminal"
of the city on charges of "cyber crimes".
It said detained Rodin recently posted "objectionable,
disfigured and satirical photographs" of several government
leaders using different accounts.