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Police held 53 for attacking Hindus in Bangladesh

Hindu families were looted and their homes set on fire over a rumoured Facebook post

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In recent times, there has been an increment in the number of attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh.

Dhaka, Nov 11:The Bangladesh police have detained 53 people in connection with arson attacks on the homes of Hindus over a rumoured Facebook post by a local “insulting religion”.

More than 30 homes belonging to Hindu families in Rangpur’s Thakurbari village were ransacked and looted before being set on fire by a mob on Friday over the “derogatory” status posted by a Hindu man, Bdnews24.com reported.

One person, 30-year-old Habibur Rahman, was killed when the police opened fire to ward off the angry mob that turned violent and set fire to several homes. Eleven others were injured in the violence.

Police filed two cases over the incidents and arrested 53 people, said Police Superintendent Mizanur Rahman.

One of the victims, Dulali Rani told the Dhaka Tribune: “A mob came to our neighbourhood on Friday afternoon and started ransacking our home without any provocation. They even took our cattle.

“They burned everything, even my cooking pots. We do not have a place to sleep at night, and no way to cook food.”

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Burning house represents Hindu houses burned in Bangladesh

Several villagers said that if someone posted a derogatory status on Facebook, hold that one person accountable for his or her action.

The status was allegedly put on social media by Thakurbari village native Titu Roy, but very few villagers admitted to seeing it, the daily reported.

One of the witnesses said thousands of protesters from six nearby villages banded together after the Jumma prayers and attacked the Hindu neighbourhood.

A three-member investigation committee was formed to probe the situation. The district administration said it is making special arrangements to compensate the victims of the attacks. (IANS)

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Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh behind Attacks on Hindus and other Religious Minorities, says Noted Writer and Rights Activist Shahriar Kabir

The Jamaat, along with Jamaat ul Mujahidden Bangladesh are organising the attacks on Hindus

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Kolkata, Nov 23, 2016: The main conspirator behind the attack on Hindu community and other religious minorities in Bangladesh is Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, feels the noted writer and rights activist Shahriar Kabir.

Being one of the key men behind the movement for the trial of the 1971 war criminals and against fundamentalism and communalism in his country, Kabir says, by doing this, the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh was trying to destabilise the nation and show it in a bad light, mentioned PTI.

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To wipe out non-believers of Islam has been the main agenda of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh. “They are attacking not only religious minorities in Bangladesh like Hindus and Christians but also secular Muslims who do not subscribe to their view,” Kabir told PTI.

Needless to say that the Jamaat, along with Jamaat ul Mujahidden Bangladesh are organising the attacks on Hindus. “They want to portray our country in poor light. The present government is trying its best to protect the minorities. They have taken stern steps against Jamaat and JMB activists,” he added.

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Currently, Kabir is on an India tour for his documentary movie “Journey to Justice” that deals with the genocide, which took place during the 1971 liberation war in Bangladesh.

In early November, a series of attacks took place on people belonging to Hindu community and their property in Bangladesh. Miscreants had set ablaze some of their houses as well as damaged two temples in central Brahmanbarhia district, where numerous places of worship of the minority community were vandalised.

– prepared by NewsGram with inputs from PTI