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4 arrested over temple attack in Bandarban

  • Published at 05:26 pm October 18th, 2021
Lama Bazar, Bandarban
Photo shows the aftermath of attacks on Hindu establishments at Lama Bazar, Bandarban on Thursday, October 14, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, two cases were filed over the incident

Four people have been arrested in two separate cases filed over the recent attack on a temple in Lama upazila of Bandarban.

Police said two cases were filed, including one under the Special Powers Act, over the series of attacks on the upazila’s Central Hari Mandir on Thursday morning.

Lama police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Mizanur Rahman said the two cases were filed against a total of 146 named accused and another 550 unnamed accused. 

"We have arrested four people in these two cases. However we will refrain from revealing their names for the sake of the ongoing investigation," he added.

On Thursday morning, a group of miscreants launched a series of attacks on the upazila’s Central Hari Mandir, leading to a clash with the police.

Some 50 people, including the Lama police OC, were injured in the skirmish.

According to locals, over a hundred people had attended a rally at Lama Bazar under the banner of “Towhidi Muslim Janata” before attacking and vandalizing the temple. 

Police tried to bring the situation under control and fired blank shots at one point. Those attending the rally then retaliated by hurling brickbats, which led to the clash.

The injured were admitted to the Upazila Health Complex.

Later, at least 40 business establishments and eight houses belonging to the local Hindu community were vandalized and looted.

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