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Bangladesh teacher arrested over banned book

A news report says the head teacher of a college in southern Bangladesh has been arrested after a book considered blasphemous by some Muslims was found in the school's library.

books Updated: Jan 04, 2012 13:40 IST

A news report says the head teacher of a college in southern Bangladesh has been arrested after a book considered blasphemous by some Muslims was found in the school's library.

The Prothom Alo newspaper said Wednesday that S.M. Yunus Ali was arrested for possessing the novel "Lajja," or "Shame," written by exiled writer Taslima Nasrin.

It said Ali, head teacher at the K.C. Technical and Business Management College, denied having the book and said he was the victim of a conspiracy.

The novel was banned a year after its publication in 1993 and its author was forced to flee Bangladesh to escape death threats from radical Muslims who considered it blasphemous for advocating secularism.

Police could not immediately be reached for comment.