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10 arrested for temple attacks
Thu, Feb 16th, 2012 10:40 pm BdST
Chittagong, Feb 16 (bdnews24.com)—Police have arrested 10 people on charges of vandalising Hindu temples and attacking and injuring the law enforcers in Nandirhat of Chittagong on Feb 9 and 10.
One of the detainees, construction worker Mohammad Jashim, 30, gave a confessional statement at Chittagong’s Judicial Magistrates’ Court.
Hathazari Police Station officer-in-charge Samiul Alam said the detainees, held in an overnight drive, were sent to the jail following an order of the court.
Police appealed to grill them for seven days, he added.
Senior assistant superintendent of Hathazari circle Babul Akter told bdnews24.com that they were shown arrested in five cases filed over vandalising temples and injuring police personnel.
Apart from Jashim, the detainees are Emdad Ullah, 32, Mohammad Lokman, 46, Mohammad Frid, 35, Mohammad Osman, 35, Mohammad Abu Taher, 40, Manzur Alam, 38, Mohammad Shafi, 38, Abdul Karim, 70, and Hajji Mohammad Badsha, 65.
Tension mounted in Nandirhat on Feb 10 and 11 over a religious programme. Miscreants had vandalised Loknath Sebasram and the temple inside it on Feb 10. A wall of a mosque in the area had also been vandalised the same night.
On the following day, several religious installations were vandalised in Nandirhat and Hathazari Sadar upazila.
A certain quarter instigated the vandalism, police found while interrogating the detainees.
“The incidents in Nandirhat were pre-planned. It has been proved in preliminary investigation that they were conducted to create unrest,” additional superintendent of Chittagong (north) police Nazrul Islam told bdnews24.com.
Input from Rabindra Nath Ghosh, Advocate & Member BDMW ( Bangladesh Minority Watch), Dhaka, BD: High Court Division of Supreme Court of Bangladesh on sue-moto rule passed an order to- day directing the Government to give securities to the minorities of Hathazari -Nondirhat-CTG and for restoration of Temples, shops and houses so far damaged by Islamic zealots during 9th Feb,12 riots belonging to Hindus. BDMW investigated the matter earlier and condemned this sort of atrocities and desecration against religion.
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