Call to maintain religious harmony

Case filed over Shalla incident

Staff Correspondent

19 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

RAB DG Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun on Thursday said no one involved in the attack on the minority community in a village of Shalla upazila of Sunamganj district would be spared.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun told this while speaking at a gathering on Nowagaon Government Primary School playground on Thursday.

He said the country would not develop if religious bigotry prevails. He urged the people to maintain religious harmony in the country.

Earlier in the morning, the RAB DG visited the vandalized houses of the minority Hindu people.

The government and local administration would provide assistance to the victims, he also said.

Meanwhile, a case was filed with Shalla Police Station on Thursday.

Nazmul Haque, officer-in-charge of the local police station, said 700 people have been accused in the case. Of these, 70 names have been mentioned. The remaining people are unknown.

“We are trying to arrest the accused. However, police could not make any arrests till 4 pm on Thursday,” he said.

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning centreing an ‘objectionable’ post on Facebook about Hefazat-e-Islam central leader Mamunul Haque.

Earlier on Tuesday night, police detained a youth named Jhumon Das, 28, for the Facebook post.

Police and local sources said Hefazat leader Mamunul spoke at a rally in Shalla’s adjoining Derai upazila on Monday.

Following the Facebook status, thousands of people from four nearby villages gathered near the Nowagaon village and attacked on the houses of the villagers with traditional weapons.

Later, upazila administration and police rushed to the village and brought the situation under control.

District administration and police officials visited the village on Wednesday afternoon. Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) men were deployed in the village.

But the deployment of cops could do little to ease the fear of the villagers as many women and children, who fled their homes during the attack, are yet to return. Locals said most of the attackers were young men.  Villagers said the attackers looted money from the houses and vandalised idols of their temples.

As tense situation was prevailing there, the villagers themselves detained Jhumon and handed him over to the police at the same night.