Angry locals in Lalmonirhat’s Burimari have allegedly beaten a man to death and then burned his body on allegations of hurting religious sentiment in the district's Patgram upazila.
The incident took place on Burimari Union Parishad premises on Thursday, said local Union Parishad member Hafizul Islam.The deceased was identified as Shahidunnabi Jewel, aged around 50, a former employee of Rangpur Cantonment Public School.
The mob also beat up another person, named Sultan Jubaer Abbas, leaving him wounded.
Several people, including ten cops and three UP members, who tried to stop the mob were injured.
According to the local administration, Jewel and Abbas came to Burimari from Rangpur on a motorbike and offered Asr prayers at the mosque.
After offering prayers, they told the imam that "JMB militants were there" and wanted to check the bookshelf inside the mosque.
While searching, the duo reportedly threw the holy Quran. Soon after, locals took the men away from there and an angry mob started beating them.Then, Hafizul Islam, member of ward no-1 of the union, took them to the nearby Union Parishad Council Bhaban and kept them confined there.
“As words spread through the locality, hundreds of people gathered there. We tried to keep them [the two] in our custody. But the mob stormed the building and snatched one of them," Burimari Union Parishad Chairman Abu Sayeed Newaz Nishat said.
After taking him away from the union parishad building, people beat Jewel up and set him on fire on the main road of Burimari Bazar, he added.
Video clips and photographs of the charred body of the victim went viral on social media after 9:00pm.
Confirming the news, Deputy Commissioner of Lalmonirhat Abu Jafar said that the man was from Rangpur town and had allegedly been suffering from a mental condition.
"Law enforcers have been deployed in the area to avert any untoward situation. I am now on the spot, and can let you know the details later," the DC added.