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Bhola temple attack: 400 to 500 unknown persons accused in case filed

  • Published at 12:11 am October 24th, 2019
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Police stand guard in Bhola Sadar on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

A group of people, following the clash, entered into the hindu locality, and vandalised a temple, several houses, including that of Sattya Prashad’s, and set fire on a motorcycle in Vawalbari area

A case has been filed against 400 to 500 unknown persons in connection with the vandalism on hindu houses, temple and an arson attack on a motorcycle following the clashes between a group of protesters, and police that left four people dead in the Borhanuddin upazila.

Sattya Prashad Das, secretary of the management committee of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Ashram Mandir, who was also physically assaulted during the atrocities, filed the case with Borhanuddin police station on Tuesday, Officer-in-Charge of Borhanuddin Police Station Md Enamul Haque said.

A group of people, following the clash, entered into the hindu locality, and vandalised a temple, several houses, including that of Sattya Prashad’s, and set fire on a motorcycle in Vawalbari area.

OC Enamul said they were trying to identify, and arrest the criminals.

Earlier on Sunday, four people were killed, and over 200 injured in Bhola's Borhanuddin upazila, when police opened fire to disperse a mob demanding punishment for a Hindu man, who they believed was responsible for spreading offensive messages against Islam on the Facebook Messenger app.

Police, and locals said messages with derogatory remarks about Allah, and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) were sent to several individuals from the Facebook ID of Biplob Chandra Baidya Shuvo. Screenshots of the messages went viral on Facebook, triggering condemnations, and protests. 

A case was filed with Borhanuddin police station against 5,000 unnamed people for the mob clash with police.

Biplob’s brother-in-law released

Biplab's brother-in-law Bidhan Majumder, and Sagar, one of his employees, were released from the Rapid Action Battalion’s office in Sadar upazila early on Wednesday.

Bidhan and Sagar were handed over to Bidhan's father Binoy Bhushan Majumder around 1:30am, RAB-8 camp in-charge Major Khan Shajib said. 

He also said that Bidhan was picked up for questioning in connection with the mayhem.

Probe committee visits spot 

The probe committee, formed by the district administration over the incident, on Wednesday visited the houses of the hindu people, and the temple.

The head of the committee, deputy director Mamudur Rahman of Local Government and Engineering Department, said they have also talked to the local leaders, and influential people of the area.

"The last date to submit the report was Wednesday, but it will take some more time to finalize it," he said.

Meanwhile, additional police forces and members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were patrolling, although normalcy returned to the area.

Maulana Mizanur Rahman, Joint Member Secretary of Shorbodolio Muslim Oikya Parishad, said they have sought permission from the district administration to hold a human chain on Thursday.

"However, if the administration does not permit the rally, we will not hold it, but the munajat after the Friday prayers will be held as planned," he said.