They were arrested from Dinajpur on Tuesday
A Rangpur court sent to jail the two associates of a teenager, who posted defamatory status on Facebook that reportedly sparked the arson attacks in Rangpur.
Rangpur Senior Judicial Magistrate Fazle Elahi passed the order on Wednesday afternoon, Rangpur Court Sub-Inspector Shahidul Islam told Dhaka Tribune.
They were arrested from Dinajpur’s Kaharol upazila, based on the information provided by the teenager on Tuesday.
On Monday, police arrested the teenager from Panchbibi, Joypurhat in the case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA).
Pirganj police station Officer-In-Charge (OC) Shoresh Chandra Das said nine more people were arrested in the other case filed over the assault, vandalism and arson attack on homes, shops and temples belonging to members of the Hindu community.
With the latest development, the total number of arrested over the incident climbs to 53.
On Sunday night, shops and temples belonging to members of the Hindu community were set on fire by a mob in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur. Around 30 locals were injured at the time.
Police said tensions erupted after some people alleged that a Hindu man had posted religiously abusive content on Facebook.
The attacks took place after communal violence spread to 20 districts in the past few days, ignited by allegations that the Quran had been "dishonoured" at a Hindu temple during Durga Puja in Comilla.
At least six people have been killed during attacks in Chandpur, Chittagong, Noakhali, Feni and other areas.