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43 arrested over incidents at Cumilla Durga Puja venues

Published : Thursday, 14 October, 2021 at 5:50 PM  Count : 409

43 arrested over incidents at Cumilla Durga Puja venues

43 arrested over incidents at Cumilla Durga Puja venues


Police have arrested 43 people on charges of inciting attacks and vandalising several Hindu temples in Cumilla, said Anwar Hossain, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Chattogram Range of police.

"So far, 43 people including the chief suspect Fayez Ahmed have been arrested in connection with the incident. Cases will be filed for each incident happened in Cumilla city and perpetrators will be brought to justice," he said.

DIG Anwar Hossain said investigators are going through security camera footage to identify those behind the incidents and the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

He said police are on alert in those areas outside Cumilla that also saw violence and cases will be prepared over each incident.

The incident was part of a plan to incite tensions, he said after visiting the Cumilla temple, which became the centre of a social media storm on Wednesday for allegedly besmirching the Holy Quran.

Police have detained Fayez Uddin, the person who initially posted the video on social media, and are questioning him for information, which will be cross-checked.

Additional security measures have been taken to avert any untoward incident, he said before adding, "The law and order situation in the area is calm."

Cumilla district administration has formed a three-member committee regarding the incident at a roadside puja mandap built on the north bank of Nanua Dighi in Cumilla city.

At the directive of Cumilla Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Kamrul Hasan, the probe body was formed on Wednesday night with additional district magistrate Sayedul Arefin as head and additional police super (Crime) M Tanveer Ahmed and Cumilla Sadar upazila nirbahi officer Zakia Afrin as members. The committee was asked to submit their findings by next three working days.

Meanwhile, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, whip of Jatiya Sangsad and organising secretary of Awami League central committee, visited the Nanuar Dighir Uttarpar Puja Mandap early Thursday afternoon.

On the other hand, a delegation of Awami League visited different puja mandaps in Cumilla. AL finance and planning secretary Wasika Asha Khan MP, Information and Research secretary Dr Selim Mahmud MP, Cumilla Reserved seat for women MP Anjum Sultana Seema, Chattogram Range's DIG Anwar Hossain, Additional DIG Zakir Hossain, Cumilla district police super Faruque Ahmed, Cumilla City AL general secretary Arfanul Huque Rifat, Local; Government deputy director Shawkat Osman and Cumilla City Jubo League convener Abdullah Al Mahmud Shahid, among others.

Besides, police, RAB and BGB personnel have been working to provide security and maintain normal atmosphere at different puja mandaps in Cumilla town.

SZA



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