UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The outcry over the arrest of Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam has only grown bigger despite the authorities isolating him in detention.

On Aug. 19, 11 Nobel laureates and 17 eminent global citizens called for Shahidul’s immediate release.

The letter addressed to the government of Bangladesh also asked for the freedom of students who remain in prison.

It said, “We the undersigned raise our joint voice against arbitrary police remand under the draconian ICT Act against Dr. Shahidul Alam.”

Massive student-led protests erupted in Dhaka earlier this month after two teenagers were killed by a bus.

The 63-year-old expressed his opinion on the matter during an interview with Al-Jazeera and was later arrested for allegedly violating the ICT Act.

He was put on remand for a week and then to jail after an abrupt trial on Aug. 15 reportedly without a lawyer to represent him.