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5 arrested in Bangladesh for attacking Hindu homes and temple

Five people have been arrested in Bangladesh for their involvement in last week’s attack on a Hindu temple and homes. A media report said on a Facebook post, that the crime happened in southwestern Bangladesh on Sunday.

According to the post, a mob vandalised a temple, shops, and several homes of members of the Hindu community in the Dighalia Bazar area of Lohagara Upazila of Narail on Friday. The incident was apparently an act of retaliation after a Hindu boy posted something offensive on Facebook, triggering anger among Muslims, said Haran Chandra Paul, an inspector at the local police station.

On Monday, a local court placed the suspects on three-day police remand, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported.

The suspects are identified as Masum Billah (32), Md Sayed Sheikh (25), Rezaul Sheikh (40), Rasel Mridha (38), and Kabir Gazi (40).

On Saturday night, 20-year-old college student Akash Saha was detained over the Facebook post.

A police officer said that a resident of Dighlia village had filed a case against Akash on Jul 15, accusing him of belittling Islam. Police forces have been deployed in the area to prevent further violence.

Attacks on religious minorities in Muslim-majority Bangladesh are increasing and many of them are triggered by rumours or fake posts that spread across social media.

Last year, some Hindu temples in Bangladesh were vandalised by unidentified Muslim bigots during the Durga Puja celebrations, prompting the government to deploy paramilitary forces in 22 districts after four people were killed and many others injured in riots.

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