Violence in Feni on Oct 15 left Hindu homes, temples and businesses vandalized
Two men have given confessional statements in court in connection with their involvement in attacks on Hindus in Feni.
Touhidul Islam alias Zidan, 20, and Golam Morshed Khan, 21 made the statement in the court of Feni Senior Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Zakir Hossain on Sunday evening.
“This will help in the investigation of the incident and identify the real culprits. After the deposition, the two were sent to jail,” said Feni Model police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Emran Hossain.
Touhidul Islam, from Bagerhat’s Morrelganj upazila, along with his friend set fire to a car in front of the Kalipal Gaziganj Mahaprabhu Ashram in between clashes on October 15. They also vandalized windows and furniture there, according to his statement.
Meanwhile, Golam Morshed Khan, from Feni’s Sonagazi upazila, confessed that he threw brickbats during the clash and attacked a temple.
Feni Model police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Nizam Uddin said both the men were arrested on October 15.
So far, police and law enforcement forces arrested 16 people in separate raids. A total of four separate cases have been filed with Feni Sadar Model police station by the police, RAB and the temple committee on charges of assault and vandalism, he added.
Communal tensions gripped Bangladesh over the past few days following allegations of the Quran being dishonoured at a Comilla puja pavilion on October 13, claiming seven lives as yet
The government and law enforcement agencies have described the incidents as “planned” in a bid to destabilize the country.