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Wednesday November 22, 2017 04:54 AM

Home minister: Rangpur attack Facebook ‘defamer’ held

  • Published at 03:35 PM November 14, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:16 AM November 15, 2017
Home minister: Rangpur attack Facebook ‘defamer’ held

Earlier on Saturday, police filed a case against more than 2,000 people over the clash

Law enforcers have already arrested the man behind the Facebook account from which a post defaming the Prophet Muhammad sparked communal violence in Rangpur on Friday.

 

On a visit to the affected village of Thakurbari in Rangpur Sadar on Tuesday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Tito Chandra Roy had been arrested in Nilphamari.

 

“Police carried out their duties as they were supposed to, and those responsible for the agitation, no matter who they were, will be brought to justice,” the minister said.

“Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh is a non-communal country and no one can conspire here.”

The home minister returned to Dhaka on Tuesday after attending a scheduled rally at Harkali Madrasa ground in Sadar upazila in the afternoon.

Friday’s violence began after around 8,000 people gathered in neighbouring villages to Thakurbari following weekly prayers on November 10.

Frustrated by perceptions of police inaction over a Facebook post reportedly made by Tito Chandra which “demeaned” Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), they marched towards the Hindu-dominated Thakurbari village and vandalised and torched 8-10 houses.

One man was killed and 20 others including four policemen were injured after police dispersed the crowd with batons, rubber bullets and teargas canisters.

Six of those injured sustained bullet wounds.

Police detained 36 people from Gangachhara and Kotwali areas on Friday night and filed a case against more than 2,000 people over the clash on Saturday.

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