Bangladesh police arrest key suspect in recent communal violence

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Weeks after communal riots killed seven people in Bangladesh, police said they had arrested the prime suspect who allegedly incited violence in Comilla and elsewhere.

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On 13 October, clashes broke out in Comilla, which spread to several other districts after a video was circulated on social media in which a Quran was kept inside a temporary site built for the annual Durga Puja celebrations.

The very next day, hundreds of Hindu homes, shops and temples were vandalized across the country, despite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s condemnation of the incident.


Comilla Superintendent of Police Farooq Ahmed said the main suspect, Iqbal Hussain, was arrested on Thursday night. Dhaka Tribune.

Mr Hussain, 35, a resident of Comilla, was identified through CCTV footage which purportedly shows him holding the holy book on the lap of an idol inside the makeshift Durga Puja temple. Dhaka Tribune informed of.

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There has been an atmosphere of tension in Bangladesh for the last one week after the video went viral.

Police said over 400 people have been arrested and over 70 cases registered in connection with the violence across the country Dhaka Tribune.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has blamed the propaganda videos being circulated on social media depicting brutal violence across the country for misleading and instigating the public. BBC.

Minorities constitute only 9 per cent of Bangladesh’s population, but attacks on the minority community are not new.

There have been over 3,000 attacks on Hindus since 2013, according to estimates provided by a Deutsche Welle report based on data from the Bangladesh human rights group, the Ain o Salish Centre. Hindustan Times.

While the constitution of Bangladesh states that it is an Islamic country, it prides itself on its secular ideals.

The Sheikh Hasina government has promised punishment to the culprits, calling the violence the result of a well-planned conspiracy to destabilize the country.


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