The households were vandalized and later set on fire on Sunday
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Monday said orders were issued for stern punitive actions against bigots who vandalized and torched several Hindu households over an alleged Facebook post slandering Islam in Comilla’s Muradnagar area.
“Orders have been issued to arrest anyone who appeared as suspects alongside launching routine legal procedures against those involved,” he told BSS.
Kamal said extra police forces were sent to the affected village to ensure security of the people in the neighbourhood, while several suspects were already arrested in connection to the vandalism.
“We have mobilized mobile courts to award punishment to the suspects as immediate actions but the culprits will face sterner punitive actions after detailed investigations,” he added.
The households were vandalized and later set on fire on Sunday after a Bangladeshi Hindu, who lives in France, allegedly praised, on his Facebook account, the French President Emmanuel Macron for taking steps against inhumane ideologies after a teacher in Paris was decapitated for showing caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
A local Hindu school headmaster and another person reportedly shared his comments welcoming Macron’s action in a comment on the post which was spread on social media with the claim that the headmaster supported caricatures of the Prophet (pbuh).
The local union parishad chairman, himself a Hindu, handed them over to police while a court declined to grant them bail as they were accused under the Digital Security Act.
“Five people have been arrested and a mobile court has sentenced each of them to one and half years of imprisonment identifying them from a video footage. . . three cases have been lodged by now and another two are being framed over the incident,” Comilla Superintendent of Police Syed Nurul Islam told BSS.
He said youth activists of an “anti-government political party” reportedly mobilized the mob which carried out the vandalism when two Hindu temples were also damaged.
Reached over the phone, a neighbour of the affected homes at Muradnagar, referred to as Laxmi Babu, said the bigots torched nine houses and two temples on Sunday “but the situation is now normal after police held a meeting with villagers."