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37 accused put on three-day remand over Pirganj attack

  • Published at 09:32 pm October 21st, 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

One other accused was sent to a juvenile court

A Rangpur court on Thursday placed 37 accused on three-day remand 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.

Pirganj police station Officer in-Charge (Investigation) Mahbub Rahman produced a seven-day remand plea before a court against 38 accused persons in the arson attack, looting properties and vandalism case.

After hearing the plea, Senior Judicial Magistrate Md Fazle Elahi granted remand for three days for each of 37 accused persons.

The other accused was sent to a juvenile court as he was a child.

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Talking to reporters, General Register Officer (GRO) of the court Shahidur Rahman confirmed the matter.

On Wednesday, a Rangpur court sent to jail the two associates of a teenager, who posted defamatory status on Facebook that reportedly sparked the arson attacks in Pirganj.

They were arrested from Dinajpur’s Kaharol upazila, based on the information provided by the teenager on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) committee visited the scene on Thursday.

The head of the committee NHRC Director Md Ashraful Alam said the locals are spending their days in fear.

He demanded exemplary punishment of the people involved in the violence.

Also Read - Court sends duo to jail over posting FB status in Pirganj

On Monday, police arrested the teenager from Panchbibi, Joypurhat in the case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

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.

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

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