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10 held over Noakhali temple attacks

  • Published at 06:14 pm October 20th, 2021
Noakhali idols vandalised
A group of people took out a rally and carried out attacks on Durga Puja venues and Hindu homes in Begumganj upazila's Chowmuhani on Friday, October 16, 2021 Collected

Two people died following the temple attacks in Chowmuhani on Friday

Ten people have been apprehended by the law enforcement agencies for instigating communal violence, vandalizing and torching temples in the Chowmuhani area of Begumganj upazila in Noakhali.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB-11) detained six people after conducting drives across the upazila on Tuesday.

The detainees were Nizam Uddin, Md Rasel, Abdul Motaleb, 47, Shahadat Hossain, 34, Golam Kibria, 32, and Anwarul Azim, 40.

The matter was confirmed on Wednesday via a press release signed by RAB-11's Lakshmipur camp Company Commander Khandaker Shamim Hossain. 

According to the release, the detainees were shown arrested in a case filed under the Special Powers Act before they were produced before the Noakhali Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court. The court then sent them to jail.

The six suspects had been identified via video footage from CCTV cameras at the scene, the release added.

Meanwhile, the Detective Branch (DB) of police on Tuesday night detained four others namely Md Illias, Mizanur Rahman, Nur Nabi, and Eklashpur Union Parishad Chairman Khalilur Rahman over an alleged connection with the attacks.

These four were also identified after scrutinizing video footages of the incident, Noakhali Superintendent of Police Shahidul Islam told the media. 

So far, 71 individuals were arrested in four cases filed over the recent communal violence, he added.

Also read - Hindu man found dead in pond next to temple in Noakhali

Earlier on Friday, a man named Jatan Kumar Saha, 42, died after he was injured in a sudden attack in Chowmuhani.

A group of mullahs brought out a procession at the Chowmuhani market area protesting the reported desecration of the Holy Quran in Comilla.

They attacked several temples located around the market, carried out vandalism, and set fire to various establishments of the temples at the time.

They also vandalised some shops and business facilities in the market.

The next day, the body of 20-year-old Pranto Das was recovered from a pond next to the ISKCON temple in Chowmuhani.

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