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Why is Jhumon in jail while his attackers remain free?

Yesterday, prominent citizens demanded the immediate release of Jhumon das Apon. He was in prison for more than five months following being accused in a Digital Security Act case over his criticisms of Mamunul Haque, Hefajat-e-Islam leader, on Facebook in March. They pointed out that there is no rational explanation as to why he was denied bail seven different times during a protest at Shahbagh, the capital's Shahbagh. They also repeated the question Jhumon asked his wife two days ago, namely "What was Jhumon’s crime?" A citizen's platform organized the event, "Shahbagh against oppression". Sultana Kamal, rights activist, expressed solidarity by phone and said that "Those in power always talk about the spirit of Liberation War." Jhumon Das was attacked by his community, but he and others were not brought to trial. Instead, Jhumon was detained and denied bail seven more times. She said that his religious identity should not hinder him from obtaining