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BNP leader held over Nasirnagar attacks on Hindus

16 Nov 2016, 11:05 | updated: 16 Nov 2016, 11:31

Shihab Uddin Bipu

Brahmanbaria: Police on Tuesday night detained a local BNP leader for his alleged involvement in the attack on Hindus at Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbari.

The detainee is Aminul Hossain Chakder, president of Nasirnagar Sadar Union branch BNP, the Nasirnagar police Officer-in-charge (OC) Abu Jafar.

 A total of 85 people have been arrested till date for their connection with the attacks on the Hindus.

Earlier on 30 October, several temples and houses were vandalised in Haripur union of Nasirnagar upazila during a demonstration allegedly over a Facebook post demeaning the holy Kaaba.

Rasraj Das, in his thirties, of Harinber village, allegedly posted a photo on his Facebook wall belittling the Kaaba on 29 October.

Several thousand people, including activists of Hefajat-e-Islam and Ahle Sunnat, brought out separate rallies demanding capital punishment of the young man.

At one stage, the protesters vandalised some houses and temples.

However, two cases were filed against 500 anonymous people with Nasirnagar police over the desecration on Hindu temples on 31 October.

Yet again, a gang of miscreants set fire to five Hindu houses at the upazila in the early hours of 4 November.