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Begumganj OC withdrawn over Choumuhani communal violence

  • Published at 03:32 pm October 22nd, 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 15, 2021 Collected

An accused arrested over the attacks gives confessional statement

Begumganj police station OC Md Kamruzzaman Sikdar has been withdrawn over the recent communal violence in Noakhali’s Choumuhani during Durga Puja celebrations and attached to the Industrial Police.

Mir Jahedula Haque Rony has replaced Kamruzzaman as the Begumganj OC, Noakhali Superintendent of Police Md Shahidul Islam told Dhaka Tribune on Friday.

Meanwhile, an accused arrested over the attacks, Abdur Rahim Sujon, 19, gave a confessional statement on Thursday.

Police arrested him from the Karimpur area in Choumuhani city earlier that day.

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

Items looted from Hindu businesses were recovered from his possession, SP Shahidul said.

The court recorded his confession and sent him to jail, he added.

Police have so far arrested some 130 people for their alleged involvement in the attacks on the Choumuhani market area in Noakhali's Begumganj upazila.

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 15, 2021 Collected

The arrests were made in a total of 18 cases filed in the district over the incident.

Also read - Violence in Noakhali: 1 killed, 18 injured

The cases were filed against 285 named and 4,000-5,000 unnamed persons on charges of assault, vandalism, looting, arson and murder.

Earlier on October 15, a man named Jatan Kumar Saha, 42, died after he was injured during the attacks.

The next day, the body of 20-year-old Pranto Das was found in a pond next to the Iskcon temple in Choumuhani.

Pimple Barua, our Chittagong correspondent, provided inputs for this report

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