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Bangladesh, authorities close down book stand for insulting Islam
The stand belongs to Ba-DWIP publisher Prakashan, who was participating in the annual book fair in Dhaka. The publishing house had "Bitarka Islam" (Debate on Islam) on display. The radicals claimed that the text contains disparaging statements against Islam and Muhammad. Writer: "In Bangladesh if someone kills a man he is not punished, but if he says or writes something against Islam yes."
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