Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has issued a public apology after receiving death threats on social media for attending a Kali Puja inauguration in Kolkata.
A man named Mohsin Talukder, in a Facebook Live on Sunday, claimed that Shakib’s behaviour had “hurt Muslim sentiments”. Talukder was apparently enraged at the cricketer for inaugurating a Kali Puja in Kolkata on November 12 and threatened to “cut him to pieces with a chopper for blasphemy”.
Shakib was reportedly present at the 59th Shyama Puja of “Amra Shobai Club” at Kankurgachi in East Kolkata.
The former Bangladesh skipper, however, denied inaugurating the puja and said he was part of the programme that followed. He also apologised for hurting the sentiments of his supporters. “Media, social media everywhere it was flooded that I went to Kolkata to inaugurate a puja ceremony which actually was not the reason behind my visit and I did not inaugurate puja,” Shakib said in a Facebook Live.
“The puja was inaugurated by Firhad Hakim, mayor of Kolkata. In my invitation card it was clearly mentioned that I was not the chief guest for puja,” he said. “Being a practicing Muslim, I always try to follow the religious customs. Please forgive me if I have done anything wrong,” he said. “When I was leaving, Paresh da requested me to light a diya. Media requested me to stand for a picture. I stood for two mins in the pandal. The Kali puja was inaugurated much earlier before I arrived by Firhad Hakim.”
#JUST IN| Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Mohsin Talukdar (25) who threatened to kill Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Facebook live video after Shakib participated in a Kali puja event in Kolkata on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/4wzeAtcsoA
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Later, Mohsin (25) deleted the Facebook live video and posted another saying he shouldn’t have issued any threats. However, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Tuesday arrested Mohsin from Ronoshi village in Dakshin Sunamganj upazila around 11:15 am on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed an armed guard for Shakib after the all-rounder received the death threat on social media.
BCB appointed an armed guard for Shakib’s safety after the allrounder received a death threat on social media. pic.twitter.com/6yjHENDa4B
— Saif Hasnat (@saifhasnat) November 18, 2020
The Bangladesh cricketer was handed a two-year ban, with a one-year suspended sentence, by ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit for failing to report multiple corrupt approaches by an Indian bookmaker. The ban ended on October 29, 2020.
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