Bangladesh teachers arrested over `blasphemous` drama

Police in Bangladesh said they had arrested two teachers on suspicion of staging a drama containing blasphemous remarks.

Dhaka: Police in Bangladesh said on Saturday they
had arrested two school teachers on suspicion of staging a
drama containing blasphemous remarks about Islam.

The school`s Muslim headmaster and a female Hindu teacher
were detained yesterday as thousands protested the play
following weekly prayers at Kaliganj, 250 kilometres southwest
of the capital Dhaka, police chief Farid Uddin said.

"The drama contained blasphemous remarks...which angered
Muslim villagers," the local police official said,
He said the teachers had been accused of "hurting
religious sentiment" for helping organise the drama at their

At least 3,000 demonstrators barricaded a key road and
held noisy protests in front of the school and in other towns
in the district yesterday.

Violence also erupted on today as large number of Muslims
shouted slogans and set ablaze the house of the drama`s
director, who has fled the remote area, another senior police
official Zaiadul Haq said.

"The situation is still volatile," he said.


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