Bangla Jamaat leader held for inciting attacks on Hindus

Bangladesh police Thursday arrested a sub-district chairman and local leader of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for inciting attacks on Hindus and temples

Written by Press Trust Of India | Dhaka | Published:March 15, 2013 1:45 am

Bangladesh police Thursday arrested a sub-district chairman and local leader of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for inciting attacks on Hindus and temples in southeastern Chittagong as minorities appeared to be targets of past two weeks of violence over 1971 war crimes trial.

“Police and (elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion) RAB teams jointly arrested Banshkhali upazila chairman Alamgir Kabir Chowdhury on charges of inciting violence against Hindu community and attack on their temples and property,” a police official in the port city of Chittagong told PTI over phone.

Chowdhury’s arrest came two weeks after suspected activists of Jamaat and its student affiliate Islami Chhatra Shibir went on rampage at their southeastern stronghold attacking and vandalising several houses and temples of Hindu community alongside the local government establishments.

Banskhali was one of the areas where the followers of the Hindu faith came under attacks during the recent violence which saw deaths of over 70 people,including six policemen,while several dozen Hindu temples were vandalised.

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