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Cumilla Violence

‘Main culprit identified’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Main culprit identified’

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said on Tuesday that members of law enforcement agencies have identified the main culprit behind the Cumilla communal violence.

Law enforcers would be able to arrest the culprit shortly, he said while addressing a programme at the RAB Headquarters in the capital on Tuesday.

During the programme, he inaugurated Data Hub, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), RAB Digital Office Management System and RAB Private Cloud to smooth the activities of the elite force.

The violence erupted after an angry mob attacked some Hindu mandaps and their houses and shops when news spread that holy Quran was placed at the feet of an idol at a Durga Puja mandap on Nanuar Dighi bank in Cumilla city on October 13.

The home minister said a vested quarter was trying to destroy communal harmony by spreading photos and videos of different previous incidents.  “I noticed a few moments ago that a vested quarter is spreading propaganda and instigating campaign. They are trying to destroy communal harmony by spreading photos and videos of different incidents on social media.”

“On May 16, a video footage went viral that two youths were hacking a man Sahinuddin at Pallabi in the capital. The vested quarter has spread the video stating that two youths were hacking one Joton Saha in Noakhali. It is very sad, disgusting and inhumane,” he said.

Having warned of action, the minister said law enforcers must find out such rumour and propaganda spreaders and bring them to book.

He said, “Never before had we seen such violence during the puja. But we have seen this year. Actually, it was intentionally committed.”

Violence also took place in Chandpur over the Cumilla incident, leaving five people dead.

Asaduzzaman raised a question why murders were committed and for whose interest.

“We saw that a small boy Paritosh gave a status on Facebook that defamed Kaaba, the holy place of Muslims.  He was already arrested.  But unscrupulous people torched the neighbouring village and looted cash and valuables of the Hindus,” he said.

Senior Secretary of Public Security Division at the Home Ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Additional IGP Mainur Rahman Chowdhury and Director of National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre Brigadier General Ziaul Ahsan also spoke with RAB Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun  in the chair.