Bangladesh authorities arrest 27 men on suspicion of being gay

May 19, 2017 10:16 BST

Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested 27 men on suspicion of being gay, a criminal offence in the Muslim-majority country, and plan to charge them with drug possession, an official has said.

A commander of the Rapid Action Battalion, an elite police unit that made the arrests, said the suspects, mostly students aged 20-30 years, had traveled from across the country and were picked up in a raid on a community centre at Keraniganj, outside the nation's capital, early Friday.