There is no panic anywhere due to the alertness of law enforcement agencies, says the minister
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Thursday said that the country's law and order was normal while law enforcers continued to arrest people suspected of involvement in the recent attacks on Hindu temples, Durga Puja venues and homes.
"The situation in the country is completely normal. Everyone joined their work," he said after a meeting of the National Committee on Coordination, Management and Law Enforcement of Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Citizens.
The minister said: "There is no panic anywhere due to the alertness of law enforcement agencies around the country."
He said someone had provoked the Comilla man, who kept the Quran at a Durga Puja venue.
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However, the accused, Iqbal Hossain, could not be arrested as of Thursday evening.
The person took the Qur'an from the mosque and kept it inside the temple, Kamal said. "After his detention, those behind the incident can be found.”
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said any attack on the Hindu community is an assault on the altar of the spirit of Bangladesh and the government as well.
He said the incidents of Comilla and Pirganj were isolated incidents as people of any community in Bangladesh were not communal.
Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul-Alam Hanif MP said his party was working to eliminate fanatic, militant and fundamentalist forces from the country.
Temple vandalized in Bogra
Meanwhile, unidentified men have reportedly vandalized a Durga Mandir at Bogra Sadar upazila’s Shabgram union’s Nathpara area.
“There is a conflict regarding the leadership of the temple,” said Bogra Sadar police station OC Selim Reza.
“The vandalizing may be a result of internal conflict,” he added, and said that police had been deployed in the area.
Another case filed in Comilla
Another case was filed over the desecration of a temple and vandalism of idols in Comilla.
So far, nine cases have been filed over such incidents in Comilla Sadar, Daudkandi and Debidwar upazilas.
According to OC Rahman, one Narayan Pal filed the case against unidentified men and police were hunting the perpetrators.
130 arrested in Noakhali
Police have so far arrested a total of 130 people for their alleged involvement in the recent communal disturbances at the Chowmuhani market area in Noakhali's Begumganj upazila.
The arrests were made against a total of 18 cases filed in the district over the recent incident, confirmed Superintendent of Police Shahidul Islam on Thursday.
The cases were filed against 285 named and 4,000-5,000 unnamed accused over charges of assault, vandalism, looting, arson and murder.
29 arrested in Chandpur
Police have so far arrested 29 people over the recent attack on a temple belonging to the Hindu community in Hajiganj upazila of Chandpur.
Around 5,000 unnamed individuals have been accused in a total of 10 cases filed over the incident so far, said Hajiganj police station OC Harunur Rashid.
All of the arrestees were sent to jail through court orders.
College teacher remanded
A Dhaka court on Thursday placed Ruma Sarker, assistant professor of Begum Badrunnesa Government Girls’ College, on a two-day remand in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
She is accused of disseminating a deceptive video on Facebook to protest against the communal attacks.
Ruma reportedly had uploaded a video of the murder of one Shahinuddin in Dhaka’s Pallabi, claiming it to be the footage of the murder of Jatan Kumar Saha, who died in a mob attack in Noakhali's Begumganj upazila on October 15.
Ruma Sarker was picked up by members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from her Baily Road residence on Wednesday morning.
37 remanded over Pirganj incident
A Rangpur court on Thursday placed 37 accused on a three-day remand in a case filed over the recent assault, vandalism and arson attack on homes, shops and temples belonging to members of the Hindu community in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur.
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Another accused was sent to a juvenile court as he was under age.
Meanwhile, members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) committee visited the scene on Thursday.
The head of the committee, NHRC Director Md Ashraful Alam said locals were passing their days in fear.
He demanded exemplary punishment of the people involved in the violence.
Eminent citizens concerned
Meanwhile, 30 eminent citizens under the banner of “Rukhe Darhao Bangladesh” have condemned the recent communal attacks, saying the incidents had deeply left everyone ashamed in the country.
The recent acts of communal violence had deprived everyone of their rights, they said.