Masud Rana, one of the masterminds of a communal attack on houses belonging to the Hindus in Rangpur's Thakurpara village, has made a confessional statement before a Rangpur court, admitting his involvement in the incident.
A member of Rangpur sadar upazila unit BNP, Masud gave his confessional statement before the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate Ariful Islam under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedures on Sunday afternoon.
In his statement, he admitted that he was directly involved in the planning of the attack, said Sub-inspector Mohammad Ali.
Masud was put on a five-day remand after his arrest from Taraganj upazila on January 30.
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Ali, also the case investigation officer, said: "Masud also admitted that he along with Enamul Haque Mazedi, president of the local unit of Olama Dal, Fazlar Rahman, an engineer of Rangpur Zila Parishad, and a few other influential people had formed a human chain in Saleasar area a week before the attack, demanding the arrest of one Titu Roy over his alleged Facebook post defaming Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The same group of people formed another human chain at Paglapir on November 10, as part of their plan to rally participants of the human chain towards Thakurpara.
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However, following the Jumma prayers on that day, the human chain soon turned into a human sea, as a crowd of 10,000 to 12,000 started marching towards Thakurpara.
The mob ransacked and looted over 30 homes belonging to the Hindus in the locality before setting fire to them. A man was killed as police opened fire to ward off the angry mob.
Police later filed two cases with Kotwali and Gangachara police stations over the incident.