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Police: 72 cases filed, 450 arrested over communal attacks

  • Published at 11:03 pm October 20th, 2021
Photo shows a group of locals vandalize and torch houses of Hindu families in Comilla on November 1, 2020 Screenshot taken from a video from Social Media

Technology-based investigations are underway to unravel the mystery quickly

As many as 72 cases have been filed and 450 people have been arrested till Tuesday in connection to recent acts of communal violence across the country, said the police.

Assistant Inspector General (AIG Inspection) of police Mohammad Shahjalal, who is in an additional charge of AIG (Media), on Wednesday said that more cases are being filed and the operation to arrest the accused is still on.

Alongside the police, special units of the law enforcement forces have been involved in unravelling the facts behind the violence and crime, he said.

Technology-based investigations are underway to unravel the mystery quickly. Cyber monitoring has also been intensified to curb rumours and incitement through social media.

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The police, RAB, BGB, other law enforcement agencies and all government intelligence agencies have been keeping a close watch on the situation to prevent the situation from deteriorating.

The AIG has made a special request to all the citizens of the country to immediately inform the nearest law enforcement agencies without being confused or agitated by any misleading information or rumours or provocations and to assist the law enforcement agencies in improving the situation.

On October 13, an unidentified person placed the Holy Quran on the idol in the temporary puja mandapa near Nanua Dighi of Comilla sadar. Later, some miscreants carried out provocative and distorted propaganda and vandalized the idol of the temple and the puja mandap. The miscreants also attacked the Chanmoni Puja Mandap, Sri Sri Rakshakali Mandir, Kalitala and several other puja mandaps in Kaparia Patti Colony and set fire to idols.

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The AIG (Inspection) of police said additional police have been deployed across the country. Police patrols have been intensified and intelligence surveillance has been stepped up to prevent the situation from deteriorating in Comilla.

He said that due to the Comilla incident, 500-600 miscreants attacked Shri Trinayani Sangha Raja Lakshmi Narayan Jiur Akhra, Hakimabad Pujamandap in Hajiganj of Chandpur District. When the police tried to stop them, they attacked the police and vandalized five to six mandaps. Fifteen policemen were seriously injured when the miscreants hit them with bricks. Five people lost their lives in this incident when police opened fire for protection.

Screengrab from video on social media show Hindu homes burning at a village in Rangpur’s Pirganj upazila on Sunday, October 17, 2021 | Facebook

On October 14, 800 to 1000 rioters gathered near the Sri Sri Durga Puja temple in Chayani union of Begumganj, Noakhali and started chanting provocative slogans. At one point, they attacked the magistrate, police and BGB patrol in front of the temple. They also vandalized the temple idols and set the temple on fire. One person was killed in the incident and later another body was recovered from the pond.

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On October 18, some miscreants carried out arson attacks at the houses of Hindu community members at Boro Karimpur Majhipara village in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur district over a post on social media. The attackers in the area set fire to the houses of 18 families, including a temple in the village.

Besides, attacks and vandalism took place in Pekua and Chakaria police stations of Cox's Bazar district, Zakiganj of Sylhet district, Kulaura and Kamalganj of Moulvibazar district, Nabiganj of Habiganj district and Kashimpur police station of Gazipur metropolis. 

Seven people lost their lives in all these incidents. Of them, two were Hindus and five Muslims.

Fifty policemen were injured while on duty to bring the situation under control.

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