Protestors Demand Death For Bangladeshi Minister Accused Of Blasphemy

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Former telecommunication minister of Bangladesh, Abdul Latif Siddiqui had been arrested for wounding religious sentiments and had remained under police custody ever since.

Angered Islamists gathered in the Bangladeshi capital demanding death for the former minister’s his comments had been blasphemous.

The uprising happened as Abdul Latif was released on bail last week after being in police custody since 2014. He had commented about the annual Haj pilgrimage, which had hurt the sentiments of many. He had said to a gathering in New York that he was against Hajj as it was a waste of manpower.

Hundreds gathered, chanting slogans and plain clothed policemen also joined to protest. “Death for Infidel Latif,” had been written on the placards.

“At least three to four thousand people are attending this procession. We are remaining alert to avoid any untoward incidents,” a police commander said.

Protestors demand death penalty for Latif.