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53 detained for attacks on Hindus in B'desh

53 detained for attacks on Hindus in B'desh

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday confirmed that Bangladesh will compensate the Hindu families, whose houses were set on fire following rumours that a youth from the minority community published an offensive Facebook status. He said that the police have identified four persons who instigated the attacks.

Police filed two cases over the incidents and arrested 53 people, said Police Superintendent Mizanur Rahman. At least five persons were injured when police fired rubber bullets and lobbed tear gas shells to bring the situation under control, it said.

One person was killed in the incident. According to the report, the response was after a Facebook post, allegedly by one of the villagers (who now lives elsewhere), defamed Prophet Mohammad.

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The crowd was made up of residents from between six and seven neighbouring villages, including Paglapeer, Mominpur and Horialkuthi. The situation is still tense in the area, as the people are protesting against police action.

Later, the angry mob blocked Rangpur-Syedpur road and vandalised several moving vehicles.

A three-member committee has been formed to look into the incident, Rangpur Deputy Commissioner Wahiduzzaman was quoted by the Dhaka Tribune as saying.


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