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Some arrested over lynching have links with anti-govt force: IGP

Published : Thursday, 25 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 737

Mohammad Javed Patwary Inspector General of Police on Wednesday said police found some of the arrested persons in lynching cases in parts of the country have links to the 'anti-government' force.
IGP requested the people not to take law into their own hands in the
wake of a number of mob beating incidents over child lifting rumours. "A vested quarter has been conspiring to create unrest in the country. We can't share the details now. We face such propaganda and Facebook posts not only at home but also abroad," IGP said.
"All field level police units and police stations are given directives to work for preventing spread of rumours," he said at a press briefing held at the police headquarters around 10:30am on Wednesday.
"We have found some arrestees having links with the anti-government political parties," Patwary said in response to the queries by reporters. No arrestees belong to the ruling party, he said.
The IGP also informed that at least 60 Facebook accounts, 25 YouTube links and 10 news portals used to spread rumours have already been shut down. Rumors had been spreading in a well-planned manner using these links, he added.
"All incidents of mob beating had taken place because of rumours. Those killed in mob attack were not child-lifters," the police boss said informing that 31 people have, so far, been arrested and 103 cases filed in connection with mob beating.
A weeklong public awareness programme will start tomorrow, the IGP added.
The government urged people not to be misled by rumours, such as 'severed human head needed to construct the Padma Bridge'. The rumour set social media ablaze. Some were arrested over spreading of the rumour.
In the meantime, a man was lynched in Netrokona on Thursday after finding him carrying a 'severed head of a child.'
There were several other cases of lynching in parts of the country. A woman suspected to be a kidnapper was lynched at Badda. But she went there to make queries about putting her child in school. In some cases, previous rivalry led the perpetrator to provoke a mob and lynch his opponent.
Rumours sparked the lynching of at least six persons in the country over the last few days, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Tuesday.
None of the lynching victims was an 'abductor,' Patwary said at the press briefing on Wednesday. The rumours were spread with an ill intention, he said. Police found a person based in Dubai when they investigated the first Facebook post spreading such rumours, according to the IGP.

The officer urged people to inform police if they come across such incidents. Those involved in lynching will be named in murder cases, he said.

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