A Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Gazipur on Saturday sent popular Bangladeshi film actress Mahiya Mahi to jail after she was produced before the court in two cases – one under Digital Security Act and the other for committing violence and extortion.
She was produced before the court about two hours after the police had arrested her at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on arrival from Saudi Arabia where she and her husband went to observe Umrah, court officials said.
The court sent her to jail rejecting a police plea seeking the court’s permission to take the actress under their custody for seven days for interrogation in the cases.
The police showed Mahi arrested and her husband absconding in the cases.
The actress was arrested ‘at around noon today’ at Shahjalal, a day after she and her husband were sued, Gazipur Metropolitan Police’s deputy commissioner (detective branch) Md Kamal.
Bason Police Station sub-inspector Rokon Mia on Friday filed a case under Digital Security Act against Mahi and her husband Rakib Sarkar with Bason Police Station in Gazipur allegedly for ‘defaming police’ after going live on Facebook.
Another case was filed on the same day by businessman Ismail Hossain with the same police station against 28 people, including the couple, on charges of assaulting, vandalism and forcibly occupying land.
Gazipur Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Abu Torab Mohammad Shamsuddin said that police filed the case against the couple for ‘tarnishing the image of police, including Gazipur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Molla Nazrul Islam’, after going live on Facebook.
According to the case statement, Mahiya Mahi, from her Facebook page, went live early Friday — making allegations against police.
During the live session, she said Ismail Hossain and Mamun Sarkar, through their people, carried out an attack on a showroom, Sony Raj Car Palace, on Dhaka-Tangail highway near Bhawal Badre Alam Government College.
The actress and her husband also alleged that the Gazipur Metropolitan Police commissioner ‘supported the attackers’ after taking bribe.
She also said that she feared getting arrested after returning to the country from Makkah. During the Facebook live, Mahiya’s husband Rakib alleged that police arrested security guards of the car showroom.
Meanwhile, Ismail Hossain, owner of Rod Binding Factory in Itahata area of Gazipur city, in his complaint said, he has been running a factory in the area for the past ten years after purchasing land there.
On Friday, some people on behalf of Rakib and Mahiya attacked and vandalized the factory, he said. They also beat up five people at the factory, leaving them injured, while trying to occupy the land, according to the complaint.