A rights group in Bangladesh reported at least 29 arrests last year under the contentious digital law [File: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

A top Bangladeshi Sufi folk singer has been arrested under a controversial internet law that critics say is used to stifle free speech after alleged anti-Islam comments triggered protests, police said.

Shariat Sarker, 40, was arrested under the Digital Security Act for “hurting the religious sentiment of Muslims” in Mirzapur city on Saturday, local police chief Saidur Rahman told Al Jazeera on Monday.

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An Islamic scholar filed a case against Sarker over comments made at a show in December, Rahman said, adding that a local court on Sunday remanded him to three days’ custody.

“We arrested him after Islamic cleric Maulana Faridul

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