20 arrested over Sunamganj attack

Staff Correspondent

20 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Twenty people have been arrested in connection with the attack on the houses of Hindus in Shalla upazila of Sunamganj district.

Shalla Police Station OC Nazmul Haque disclosed the information on Friday.

Police conducted separate raids on some villages in Sunamganj to nab the perpetrators who attacked the houses of Hindu people following a Facebook post.

Police continued the raids to arrest those who took part

in the attacks, Saheb Ali Pathan, additional police superintendent of Sunamganj district, told the journalists on Friday.

Earlier on Wednesday, supporters of the Hefajat-e-Islam attacked around 70 Hindu households in Noagaon village in Shalla Upazila.

Earlier, two cases were filed with Shalla Police Station over the incident. One of those was filed by police accusing 1,500 “unidentified” people. Habibpur Union Parishad Chairman Bibekananda Majumder also filed another case naming 80 people.

“Now the authority should arrest the accused and give them exemplary punishment,” Bibekananda said.

Hefazat-e-Islam Amir Maulana Junaid Babungari and Joint Secretary General Maulana Mamunul Haque and other central leaders addressed a rally in Dirai on Monday.

At that time, a young man named Jhumon Das posted a status on Facebook criticizing Mamunul Haque for opposing the sculpture of Bangabandhu.

On the same night, the followers of the Hefazat leader staged a protest procession demanding his arrest.

Though the police arrested the accused the next night, Mamunul Haque's followers vandalized a house in the village on Wednesday morning.

Although no casualties were reported, the residents of the village fled in panic.