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4 cases filed over Comilla puja pandals vandalism

  • Published at 07:54 pm October 14th, 2021
Comilla Superintendent of Police Faruk Ahmed
Comilla Superintendent of Police Faruk Ahmed addresses a press conference at the DC Office in Comilla on Thursday, October 14, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Three-member probe committee formed to investigate the incident

Police have filed four cases over the tension triggered by desecration of holy Quran in Comilla that led to the vandalism of several puja pandals and idols.

Comilla Kotwali Model police sub-inspector, acting as the plaintiff, filed the case with the police station on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a three-member probe committee has been formed by the district administration to investigate the matter.

The members of the committee are Additional Deputy Commissioner Saidul Arefin, Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) M Tanvir Ahmed, and Comilla Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Zakia Afrin.

Comilla Superintendent of Police Faruk Ahmed revealed the matter at a press conference held at the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) Office in Comilla on Thursday evening.

Rapid Action Battalion troops on patrol by a vandalized Durga Puja mandap to avoid communal violence in Comilla town on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

A total of four cases have been filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, 2006 over Wednesday's violence. So far 41 people have been arrested in these four cases, he said.

Also Read - Communal violence in Comilla: Additional lawmen on the ground to avoid further unrest

Earlier on Thursday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that several people involved in the Comilla incident have been identified and some suspected instigators detained.

“We’ll hunt down those involved in the incident. We’ve identified some of them and they’ll be held without any day,” UNB quoted him as saying.

The home minister made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with senior officials of the police, BGB and RAB.

Amid the escalating tension over the Comilla incident, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in 22 districts, including Chittagong, Comilla, Narsingdi and Munshiganj districts to assist the civil administration.

Also Read - Home minister: Several suspects identified, held over Comilla incident

The incident occurred on Wednesday when the Hindu devotees are celebrating Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the Hindu community in Bangladesh.

Tensions erupted among a faction of locals after news broke on social media about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja mandap on the bank of Nanuar Dighi.

At one stage, the situation began getting out of hand and riots started spreading to a number of puja mandaps in the adjacent areas. The local administration and police came under attack when trying to bring order.

Later in the afternoon, RAB and BGB troops were deployed to bring the situation under control.

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