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Court sends 38 accused to jail over Rangpur arson attack

  • Published at 03:32 pm October 19th, 2021
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Police escorts some of the accused in the case to prison in Rangpur on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

A total of 42 people arrested till now in two cases

A Rangpur court has sent 38 accused to prison in a case filed over the recent assault, vandalism and arson attack on homes, shops and temples belonging to members of the Hindu community in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur.

Rangpur Senior Judicial Magistrate Fazle Elahi passed the order on Tuesday afternoon, Rangpur Sadar Court Inspector Golam Mostafa told Dhaka Tribune.

Police produced 41 suspects before the court in the morning. However, the court did not issue any order against the other three accused as they are aged below 18.

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Meanwhile, the teenager who posted the status that reportedly sparked the arson attacks has also been arrested.

He was arrested in Panchbibi, Joypurhat on Monday night in the other case that was filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA), said OC Suresh Chandra.

The teenager is also yet to be produced in court, the police officer added.

Locals return home on Monday morning to find their homes and belongings burned to ashes in Rangpur's Pirganj uapzila Dhaka Tribune

Both the cases were filed by Pirganj police station Sub-Inspector Ismail Hossain on Tuesday morning.

On Sunday night, shops and temples belonging to members of the Hindu community were set on fire by a mob in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur. Around 30 locals were injured at the time.

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Police said tensions erupted after some people alleged that a Hindu man had posted religiously abusive content on Facebook.

The attacks took place after communal violence spread to 20 districts in the past few days, ignited by allegations that the Quran had been "dishonoured" at a Hindu temple during Durga Puja in Comilla.

At least six people have been killed during attacks in Chandpur, Chittagong, Noakhali, Feni and other areas.

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