Bangladesh police on Tuesday arrested a person who allegedly issued demise threats to cricket all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for inaugurating a Kali puja pandal in Kolkata, even because the cricketer issued an apology and mentioned he solely joined the perform briefly.
A joint workforce of the elite anti-crime Speedy Motion Battalion (RAB) and police arrested 28-year-old Mohsin Talukdar from southeastern Sunamganj district after 24 hours of an enormous manhunt.
“He’s now in our custody awaiting subsequent authorized procedures,” a police officer aware of the event instructed PTI.
After the cricketer’s image on the programme in Kolkata’s “Amra Sobai Membership” went viral, Talukdar went dwell on Fb on Sunday evening carrying a big machete in his hand and threatened to kill Shakib, saying he harm his non secular sentiments by inaugurating the Puja occasion within the West Bengal’s capital metropolis.
By early morning, Talkudar, nonetheless, withdrew the risk and apologised in one other dwell video on social media after which went into hiding. He was later traced in neighbouring Sunamganj district. His spouse was beforehand detained for questioning.
The 33-year-old cricketer in a put up on Fb denied inaugurating the puja pandal. He mentioned it was inaugurated by Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim.
“Media, social media all over the place it was flooded that I went to Kolkata to inaugurate a puja ceremony which really was not the explanation behind my go to and I didn’t inaugurate puja.
“The puja was inaugurated by Firhad Hakim, mayor of Kolkata. In my invitation card it was clearly talked about that I used to be not the chief visitor for puja,” he mentioned within the put up on Monday.
Shakib mentioned since he performed for Kolkata Knight Riders for a couple of years, “folks there know and love me and the stage, the place my programme happened, was subsequent to puja pandal however no non secular points had been mentioned.”
Whereas I used to be going again to the automotive, I needed to undergo the pandal as a result of all different exits had been blocked. There I ended for a couple of seconds and because the crowd and organisers requested, I lit a candle which now I really feel that I’ve carried out flawed,” he mentioned.
The cricket star, nonetheless, additionally issued an apology, saying he’s a “practising Muslim and at all times tried to observe the non secular customs (and) please forgive me if I’ve carried out something flawed”.
Shakib went to Kolkata final Thursday for enterprise functions and was then pictured at a Kali Puja pageant in Kolkata’s Kakurgachi space.
In accordance with media stories, Trinamool Congress MLA Paresh Paul, who was the principle organiser of the Kali Puja stage in Kolkata, mentioned Shakib didn’t inaugurate any puja pandal in any respect and he simply received up on the stage, addressed the viewers and lit candles.
Kolkata’s “Amra Sobai Membership” has been internet hosting the Kali Puja for the previous seven years.