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Bangladesh arson attack on houses of Hindus: 53 arrested

The police have filed two cases over the incident at the Kotwali and Gangachara police stations and so far arrested 53 suspects, Rangpur's Additional Superintendent of Police Zakir Hossain was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.

By: PTI | Dhaka | Published: November 12, 2017 10:02 pm

At least 53 people have been arrested in Bangladesh for their alleged involvement in an arson attack on over 30 houses of Hindus following rumours that a youth from the minority community published an offensive Facebook status, media reports said today.

Police have alleged that the country’s largest Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, a key ally of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, carried out the attack on Hindus to create unrest ahead of the next parliamentary elections, bdnews24.com reported.

“Jamaat tried to fuel unrest as elections are nearing,” Rangpur Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman told reporters after inspecting the scene yesterday.

He said that the police have identified four persons who instigated the attacks.

The police have filed two cases over the incident at the Kotwali and Gangachara police stations and so far arrested 53 suspects, Rangpur’s Additional Superintendent of Police Zakir Hossain was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.

One person was killed when police opened fire to disperse the crowd that torched the houses of Hindus in Rangpur district’s Thakurpara village, about 300 km from Dhaka, on Friday, the report said.

At least five persons were injured when police fired rubber bullets and lobbed tear gas shells to bring the situation under control, it said.

The protesters claimed that they were infuriated by a defamatory status published from the Facebook account of a person who hails from the Thakurbari village a few days ago, the report said.

Before the police intervened, the perpetrators had torched at least 30 Hindu houses before looting and vandalising them, the report said.

A crowd of 20,000 people had reportedly gathered from six to seven neighbouring villages before the attack was launched by a group of people, it said.

The police had a tough time dealing with the protesters and restoring the law and order situation in the area, the report said.

Six persons with bullet injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital when one of them succumbed to his injuries, the report said.

There were traffic snarls after the mob blocked the Rangpur-Dinajpur highway to protest against the police action.

A large number of police personnel have been deployed in the area where the situation was tense, Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge (Operation) Moktarul Islam said.

The district administration has formed a three-member inquiry committee, headed by Additional District Magistrate Abu Rafa Mohammad Rafiq, to investigate the incident and submit a report in seven days, the report added.

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    CBA
    Nov 13, 2017 at 5:38 pm
    True and real essence of Islam in Bangladesh like what they do everywhere. The Jihadists can do any type of harm and evil work on anyone and anywhere and they are ensured with 72 Hurs and 20 cute boys in Jannatul Ferdous i.e. homosex is allowed in Jannat for Muslim men. What a barbaric and inhuman religion with their Quran i.e. Satanic verses. Islam is the worst severe threat to the Human civilization. Everyday if you open your TV and Papers, you must observe the essence of Islam in any place and I think we are tired. Why the total population is to take the barbaric path of Islam. They are making people foolish by their vicious mission of Islam. They are going on with heinous acts over the world by the strategy as per Quran/Satanic verses. They are born many ion number and deplete over the world and occupy anyone's land or state to spread Islam all over the world. They get involved in any evil like raping, love Jihad and bombing etc. Global peace is only possible if they reject Islam.
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      Aslam
      Nov 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm
      very shameful act by the Muslim Terrorists and Thanks to the Police for arresting the trouble makers!!! Wishing the same in our country against the Saffron Terrorists !!!!????
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        Abhishek
        Nov 13, 2017 at 5:04 am
        Whole bangladesh, UN came forward and protested against the killings of Rohingas recently. I knew from the start that people of Bangladesh supported Rohingas on Religious backgrounds and not for Humanity. What a hypocrite !!! Today Hindus are being tortured here and no one utters a word. shame on u people. Shame !!
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          Abhishek
          Nov 13, 2017 at 5:03 am
          It is an old technique to exterminate minorities based on this fake propaganda. Get another creative way to force Hindus to leave the country. So far we know officially that some vested interested person made it blaming Hindu to achieve their ill motive to grab the property but no one of these culprits has been brought to justice so far. u The culture of such impunity is responsible for reviving this nefarious act.
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            Abhishek
            Nov 13, 2017 at 5:03 am
            The ATTACK/ARSON just because of some photograph uploaded in the facebook. What was the photograph about? And why do the followers of Islam find their religion SOOOO VULNERABLE? There must be zero tolerance in relation to such kind of attacks on anybody in our country. Be it against the Hindus, or the Christians, or the Buddhists or even the Muslims. Unless and until we show zero tolerance to such behaviour they will not come to an end!!!
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