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Three arrested for vandalizing Hindu temples in Feni

  • Published at 04:18 pm October 18th, 2021
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FILE PHOTO: Additional police forces were deployed in Feni town following the violent clashes on Saturday, October 16, 2021 Bangla Tribune

One of the suspects confessed to his involvement, say police

The Rapid Action Battalion has arrested three people in Feni over looting and vandalism of temples and businesses owned by Hindus during an attack on demonstrators, protesting communal violence.

Abdus Salam Junayed and Foysal Ahmed Al Amin were arrested during a raid late on Sunday, RAB’sMedia Wing Assistant Director Imran Khan told the media on Monday.

They were arrested for instigating communal violence and encouraging others on social media. They were turned over to the local police, he added.

The RAB also arrested Ahnaf Tousif Mahmud Labib, 22, from his home in Madhyam Rampur village under ward 17 of Feni municipality.

Also Read - 2 cases filed over attacks on temples in Feni

He was later turned over to Feni Model police station, RAB 7 Feni Camp Acting Commander and Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Md Junaid Jahedi told Dhaka Tribune.

During initial interrogation, Labib has admitted to being a part of the attack and has revealed the identities of the other perpetrators. 

A video of him torturing the priest of the temple went viral on social media which aided the law enforcers to arrest him. A case of sabotage and injury to religious sentiments is pending against the arrested accused, the RAB official added.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, police filed two cases in connection with the incidents and accused 400 people without naming them.

However, no one has been arrested in connection with the cases. Police are scrutinizing CCTV footage to identify the attackers.

Also Read - Clashes in Feni leave at least 40 injured

The attackers were protesting against the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a puja venue in Comilla, and were dispersed by the police. At least 40 people including OC Nizam Uddin of Feni Model police station were injured in the clashes.

Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with the attacks and the spreading of communal hatred on social media amid the Durga Puja, the largest festival of Hindus. Security was ramped up at houses of worship, and Border Guard Bangladesh troops were dispatched to more than two dozen districts. The 10-day festival came to a close on Friday with the immersion of Durga idols.

At least four people were killed in police shootings during attacks on puja locations in Chandpur's Hajiganj on Wednesday while in Noakhali's Choumuhani, attacks on Hindu temples left two people dead on Friday.

The government and law enforcement agencies have described the incidents as “planned” in a bid to destabilize the country.

Our correspondent Rafiqul Islam from Feni contributed to this report

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