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Communal tension prevails despite action

  • Published at 11:43 pm October 25th, 2021
Temple fire Cox's Bazar
The hut that was set on fire during a clash at Katakhali in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar on Sunday, October 24, 2021 Collected

Rumours promoting communal violence flooding social media

Extreme tension between different religious groups of the country has prevailed over stern action to uproot communalism by law enforcement officials and local government bodies for the past two weeks.

Social media sites are being flooded with different rumours promoting communal violence as different sects try to foment hatred and draw sympathy to themselves.

The latest example is a clash between Buddhists and Muslims of Katakhali in Howaikhyong under Teknaf that resulted in injuries to at least eight people on Sunday afternoon.

The two groups blamed each other for the clash as an altercation took place between a Muslim youth named Tofayel Ahmed and some Chakma youths, including Umongi Chakma, in the morning over a trivial matter.

The Chakma people alleged that the Muslim youths led by Tofayel attacked them, assaulted some women and then set fire to the Aranya Kutir Thought Centre after indulging in vandalism.

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On the other hand, Tofayel claimed that the Buddhists had torched a hut next to the centre to divert the incident.

Meanwhile, wishing to remain anonymous, locals claimed that the incident took place over yaba trade.

Local administration or law enforcers could not confirm the matter.

Two temples attacked

Unidentified people attacked two temples early on Saturday at Chittagong’s Sitakunda upazila.

“An attempt was made to loot the temple's donation box,” said Sitakunda Police Station OC Abul Kalam.

On Saturday night, miscreants tried to break the gate of the Magadeswari temple. When they failed to do so, they threw bricks all over the temple and overturned the temple urns, he said.

Missing Hanuman club found

Police have recovered the club that Iqbal Hossain, the man responsible for keeping a Quran at a Comilla puja venue, took from the idol of Hanuman from a Durga Puja pavilion.

The club was found in a bush near Comilla city’s Darogabari Mazar Masjid on Sunday, said Khan Mohammad Rezwan, superintendent of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Comilla.

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He said that the club was found exactly where Iqbal said it would be during questioning.

Iqbal admitted to throwing the club in a bush after taking it from Hanuman’s lap and replacing it with the Quran on October 13, said the senior CID officer.

Meanwhile, police on Sunday handed over the Holy Quran desecration case, filed with Kotwali police station against Iqbal Hossain and three others, to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Two Feni suspects confess

Two men on Sunday gave confessional statements in court in connection with their involvement in attacks on Hindus in Feni.

Touhidul Islam, from Bagerhat’s Morrelganj upazila, along with his friend, set fire to a car in front of Kalipal Gaziganj Mahaprabhu Ashram between clashes on October 15. They also vandalized windows and furniture there, according to his statement.

Meanwhile, Golam Morshed Khan, from Feni’s Sonagazi upazila, confessed that he had hurled brickbats during the clash and attacked a temple.

2 more arrested in Rangpur

Police have arrested two more people reportedly for their direct involvement in last week's 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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The arrestees, identified as Mamun Mondol and Umar Farooq, are allegedly Islami Chhatra Shibir activists, according to Pirganj police officer-in-charge (OC) Suresh Chandra.

“The accused had taken part in the violence directly. They were identified through video footage recorded of the incident on the night of October 17,” OC Suresh added.

16 remanded in Chittagong

A Chittagong court placed 16 accused on a one-day remand each in a case filed over the recent attack on a Durga Puja pavilion at JM Sen Hall in the port city.

Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Hossain Mohammad Reza passed the order after a hearing.

‘AL behind communal violence’

Senior BNP leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy alleged that ruling party leaders and activists were directly involved in the recent communal violence as part of a “blueprint of the government.”

“We visited some temples that came under attack and talked to eyewitnesses and other people concerned. The direct involvement of the leaders and activists of the Awami League, Jubo League and Chhatra League in these attacks can be found through a proper investigation,” he said.

He said though intelligence agencies and police were aware about the attackers, innocent and peace-loving people had been accused in the cases filed over communal violence.

The BNP leader alleged that the government had not taken any step to bring the attackers to trial and punish them.

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