At least 10 people, including petty traders, drivers and a madrassah teacher, were arrested in connection with attacks on Hindu minority homes and property in a remote Lohagara village in Narail on July 15.
According to police, a Narail Magistrate’s Court on July 21 recorded the statement of a young Hindu, Akash Saha, regarding his alleged dissemination of hate speech ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad (SM).
A senior Dhaka police official told New Age they had received incriminating evidence against Akash who wrote the post on his Facebook wall that sparked the attack.
An investigation is underway to identify his motive, the police official said.
Khulna Deputy Inspector General of Police Khandaker Mahid Uddin said they have so far arrested 10 people in connection with the attack on the property of members of minorities who were trying to defend themselves.
According to the police, the attackers aged between 25 and 40 were residents of the neighboring villages of Lutia Narsinghapur, Digholia Dhakkinoar, Talbaria, Batikabari and Kumdi of Lohagara upazila.
The probe body identified the suspect as Kabir Gazi, 40, a petty trader, and Rasel Mridha, who worked for a motor cycle garage, Sayeed Sheikh, 25, a security guard, Rezaul Sheikh, a tailor, Masum Billah, 32, a teacher. in Pachuria Hafizia Madrassah, Roman Mollah, 25, pedal boat driver, Osman Mir, farmer, Uzzal Sheikh, 33, grocer, and Imran Fakir, 26, easy cyclist.
Investigator of the case sub-inspector Hafizur Rahman said one of them was still in custody and nine others had been sent to jail.
One of the nine made a statement under article 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in a court of first instance, admitting his involvement, the police chief said.
“We want to arrest those who really participated in the attack. We capture each of the suspects against whom we have video footage,” Mahid said, adding that due to the verification and collection of evidence, the police took a little longer than usual.
“But each of the attackers will be identified.”
On Saturday, the government and local elected officials organized a social gathering at the Lohagara upazila auditorium with religious leaders of all faiths in the region, social workers and politicians to bring harmony and preserve the region from any form of religious tension.
A Facebook post hurting Muslims’ religious sentiment on July 15 led to violent attacks on Hindu-owned homes and other establishments, an investigation by lawmen has found.
Hindu boy Akash Saha was arrested in Khulna the day after a Facebook profile bearing his name allegedly hurt the Muslim community. The youngster is now in prison.
Socio-cultural and political parties and organizations held rallies in Dhaka and elsewhere to protest against the sectarian attack in Narail village.
Home Secretary Asaduzzaman Khan said: “We are emotional and this finds a vent through reaction.”
He said an invested quarterback always wanted to capitalize on emotions.