Bangladesh police on Tuesday arrested a man who allegedly issued death threats against cricket all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the inauguration of a Kali puja pandal in Kolkata, even as the cricketer apologized, saying he was only short of the position. came. A joint team from the elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police arrested 28-year-old Mohsin Talukdar from the southeastern Sunamganj district after 24 hours of a massive manhunt. “He is now in custody awaiting further legal proceedings,” said a police officer familiar with the development against PTI.
After the photo of the cricketer on the program in Kolkata’s “Amra Sobai Club” went viral, Talukdar went live on Facebook Sunday night with a large machete in his hand and threatened to kill Shakib, saying that he hurt his religious feelings by the Puja. inauguration event in the capital of West Bengal.
Early in the morning, however, Talkudar withdrew the threat and apologized in another live video on social media, then went into hiding. He was later tracked down in the neighboring Sunamganj district. His wife had previously been held for questioning.
The 33-year-old cricketer denied the inauguration of the puja pandal in a post on Facebook. He said it was inaugurated by Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim.
“Media, social media everywhere it flooded that I went to Kolkata to usher in a puja ceremony, which was actually not the reason for my visit, nor did I initiate a puja.
“The puja was inaugurated by Firhad Hakim, Mayor of Kolkata. My invitation card clearly stated that I was not the lead guest for puja,” Shakib said in the post Monday.
Shakib said, since playing Knight Riders for Kolkata for a few years, “the people there know and love me and the stage where my program took place was next to puja pandal, but no religious issues were discussed.”
“As I went back to the car I had to go through the pandal because all other exits were blocked. There I stopped for a few seconds and at the request of the crowd and the organizers lit a candle that I now feel I got it wrong , ‘he said.
However, the cricket star also apologized, saying he is “a practicing Muslim and has always tried to follow religious customs (and) forgive me if I have done something wrong”.
Shakib went to Kolkata for business purposes last Thursday and was subsequently photographed at a Kali Puja festival in the Kakurgachi area of Kolkata.
According to media reports, Trinamool Congress MLA Paresh Paul, who was the lead organizer of the Kali Puja stage in Kolkata, said that Shakib had not inaugurated a puja pandal at all and that he was simply standing on stage, addressing the audience and lighting candles .
The “Amra Sobai Club” in Kolkata has hosted the Kali Puja for the past seven years.
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