Thursday, 29 September, 2022

Narail vandalism: Youth held over Facebook post ‘hurting religious sentiment’

Police in a drive arrested Narail college student Akash Saha from Khulna Saturday night over a Facebook post that hurt religious sentiment, police said on Sunday.

An angry mob on Friday went on a rampage in Lohagara upazila of Narail district damaging at least two houses of the Hindu community and several shops at Digholia Bazar following the Facebook post by the youth.

Haran Chandra Pal, officer-in-charge of Lohagarha Police Station, said the college student belonging to the Hindu community posted a remark on Facebook hurting religious sentiments on Friday.

As the news spread like wildfire, a group of local people thronged Digholia Bazar and vandalised two houses and six shops that night. They also set one of these houses on fire over the issue, the OC said.

They also vandalised chairs and sound boxes of Shahapara temple and tin roof of Akhrabari temple during the mayhem.

On information, police rushed to the spot and fired in the air to bring the situation under control. Additional police force were deployed in the area to avert further trouble.

The protesters also staged demonstrations in front of the house of Akash demanding his arrest.

Prabir Kumar Roy, superintendent of Narail Police on Sunday said “Legal steps will be taken against the offenders after investigation.