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NHRC to investigate Pirganj incident

  • Published at 12:08 am October 20th, 2021
Rangpur arson
Locals return home on Monday morning to find their homes and belongings burned to ashes in Rangpur's Pirganj uapzila Dhaka Tribune

The probe body will investigate human rights violations or negligence in duty

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has formed a committee to investigate the recent assaults, vandalism and arson attacks on homes, shops and temples belonging to members of the Hindu community in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur.

The three-strong committee, headed by Director Md Ashraful Alam, was asked to complete the investigation and submit its full report within the next seven working days, according to a notice signed by Director (Administration and Finance) Kazi Arfan Ashiq on Monday.

The notice said that the incidents of vandalism, arson and looting were highly reprehensible, which is an extreme violation of human rights. 

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The committee will investigate whether there were any human rights violations or negligence on the part of the local administration and law enforcement agencies in uncovering the true picture of the incident.

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.

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

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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 Durga Puja venue in Comilla on October 13.

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

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