Police arrested TikTok celebrity Yasin Arafat Opu, also known as 'Opu Vai' on social media, along with one of his accomplices, on charges of assaulting, harassing and beating people at the capital's Uttara area.
Opu (20) and Nazmul (21) were arrested from Uttara around 10:30pm on Monday, said Azizur Talukder, a sub-inspector of Uttara East police station, also the investigating officer of the case.
Police produced them before a Dhaka court yesterday with a three-day remand prayer. But the court sent the duo to jail.
TikTok and Likee (formerly Like) are two China and Singapore based video-sharing social networking services respectively, used for creating short videos.
Hailing from Sonaimuri of Noakhali, Opu, followed by millions in these two platforms, stands out with his bright hairstyle, signature dialogues and smile on his TikTok and Likee videos. He recently came to Dhaka to make videos and was staying at a house in Dakkhin Khan area.
The police officer said that Opu and his accomplices assaulted some locals in Uttara on Sunday evening and a victim later filed a case.
Police said engineer Mehdi Hassan Robin was driving his private car with his three friends in the vehicle on Sunday evening when Opu and his fellows were making videos on a road in sector-8.
Robin pressed the horn as they had been blocking the road. Enraged, Opu and his accomplices beat up Robin and his friends. Three including Robin was seriously injured.
Robin's friend Hasibul Haque recounted the incident in a Facebook post that since went viral.
Hasibul said that they were chatting near sector-8 on August 2 evening when 60-70 teenagers and youths came and met with someone "with a weird hairstyle".
After some time, Robin came with his car and Hasibul got in alongside his friends. "Some yards ahead, the TikTok/Likee gang blocked the entire road. When Robin honked, the youths got enraged and hurled abusive words," he said.
"Robin asked, what is your problem? And some members of the group, without saying a word, started beating them up indiscriminately…They were beating up Robin and Shakir with helmet and sticks," Hasibul said.
He said at least 60 youths assaulted seven of their friends after they appeared on the scene.
"When asked why they were beating us, they replied: 'We run whole Bangladesh. In just five minutes, 500 people will join us. Tell your father that we beat you…" Hasibul quoted one of the attackers.
Police said, Opu and 20-25 others were accused in the case. The charges are: unlawful assembly, unjustly obstructing work, assaulting and causing injuries to the plaintiff and also stealing goods.
Nabid Kamal Shaibal, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Uttara Division), said they will investigate whether Opu and his associates were an "aspiring teen gang" and also investigate if they are involved in drugs and other criminal activities.