Bangladesh: 20 including mastermind arrested for attack on Hindu temples, homes



At least 20 people have been arrested for attacking Hindus and vandalising temple in Habiganj district of Bangladesh last year. District Additional Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Kawsar Alam passed the order on Sunday afternoon.

Habiganj Assistant Superintendent of Police (Media) Nazim Uddin, confirmed this to the same and said that earlier, police presented 20 people including the main accused Ramuz Ali before the court. They have been detained on charges of vandalism and attack on Hindus.

The arrested had applied for bail however, after hearing the plea the court rejected the petition, he added.

A group of miscreants vandalised at least 17 temples, including the Kalimandir of Madhabpur upazila on allegation of contempt Islam in a Facebook post on October 30, 2016. On the same day, over 100 houses of Hindus were vandalised and looted at Brahmanbaria Nasirnagar area of Bangladesh.

According to Habiganj police officials, a case was filed against 200 miscreants on October 30, 2016 on charges of vandalism. A resident of Madhabpur, Abhimanu Pal had filed another case against 33 people including Ramuj Ali, who was identified as the main accused.

“After the attack and vandalism on temples and houses of Hindus, Madhabpur Police Station Assistant Inspector (SI) Gias Uddin was removed on the charge of negligence of duty,” he said.


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