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Comilla carnage: Quran desecration case against Iqbal, 3 others transferred to CID

  • Published at 11:07 pm October 24th, 2021
Iqbal Comilla
Police escort Iqbal Hossain off a court premises in Comilla on Saturday, October 23, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

The accused are placed on a seven-day remand

Police have handed over the Holy Quran desecration case against Iqbal Hossain and three others to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Police had filed the case with Kotwali police station, Comilla Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) M Tanvir Ahmed confirmed to Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.

On Saturday, Iqbal and three others were placed on a seven-day remand.

The other three accused are Ekram, who called 999 after the incident, and Darogabari shrine caretakers Hafez Humayun and Faisal.

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ASP Tanvir said: “Since the case has been handed over to CID for investigation from the police, they [CID] will interrogate the accused.”

Main accused Iqbal was arrested from the Sugandha beach area of Cox’s Bazar at around 10pm on Thursday. He was then taken to the Comilla Police Lines on Friday, where he was interrogated by police. 

Family members of Iqbal claimed that he was mentally unstable, and someone might have taken advantage of his condition to make him place the Quran.

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On October 13, a 999 call to police reported that a copy of the Quran was found on an idol of a puja venue in Comilla.

Locals said they found a copy of the Quran on the lap of the Hanuman idol, but his weapon, a club, was missing.

Several temples and puja venues in the city came under attack in the afternoon as tension mounted over allegations of sacrilege.

The violence later spread across Bangladesh, leaving seven dead and many Hindu houses and businesses vandalized.

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