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Rangpur arson attack: accused ‘Titu’ held

Staff Correspondent | banglanews24.com
Update: 2017-11-14
Rangpur arson attack: accused ‘Titu’ held
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and others visiting Thakurpara village

RANGPUR: Police detained the reported prime accused, Titu Roy, in Rangpur’s arson attack incident from Jaldhaka upazila of Nilphamari on Tuesday (Nov 14). However, law enforcers are looking into whether the facebook ID belongs to him or not.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal made the disclosure to reporters after visiting the torched houses in Thakurpara village of Rangpur sadar upazila.

Home minister said people of all cast and communities have equal place in Bangladesh. The government won’t allow any provocation or torture towards any minorities. Culprits behind the arson attack on Hindu community will be brought to justice. 

Praising law enforcing members’ quick action, the minister said law enforcers are constantly observing the situation and took swift action during the incident.

Earlier, the Home minister reached Rangpur from Dhaka by a helicopter. Rangpur-4 constituency lawmaker Tipu Munshi, state minister for Sports Riben Shiqdar, IGP AKM Shahidul huq, Rangpur range DIG Khandakar Golam Farukh and DC Wahiduzzaman accompanied the Home Minister during the visit.

Over a reported Facebook post by the alleged accused Titu Roy ‘demeaning’ Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PUBH), around 8,000 people from nearby villages marched towards Thakurbari village, a Hindu-dominated village and vandalised and torched 8-10 houses of the Hindus on Friday night (Nov 10).

On information, police rushed in, charged baton, fired rubber bullets and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the agitating people, leaving six injured with bullets.

A man was killed and 20 others, including four policemen, were injured during the clash.

Later on Saturday, police filed a case over the incident and detained several people in this connection.

BDST: 2015 HRS, NOV 14, 2017
AP

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