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Cumilla Incident

Main culprit identified

Motive to be clear once arrested: Minister

  • Special Correspondent
  • 22 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Main culprit identified

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The main culprit who allegedly placed the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja mandap in Cumilla city has been identified as Iqbal Hossain.

Law enforcers have launched a massive hunt for the young man.

Police said they have identified the youth after scrutinising security camera footage.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday suspected that the youth has done such an evil act after being influenced by a vested quarter as part of a deep-rooted conspiracy to spread communal violence in the country.

“Everything will be clear after the culprit is arrested,” he said while talking to reporters after a meeting of the National Committee on Coordination, Management and Law Enforcement of Displaced Myanmar Citizens (Rohingyas) at the Secretariat.

The home minister said the young man who committed the incident has been identified through scrutinising surveillance camera clips.

 He said Iqbal went to the mazar mosque around 3:00am.“He went there thrice. There were two caretakers of the mosque and Iqbal talked to them.”

Asaduzzaman said, "Our experienced team has analysed  it for a long time and made sure that this person (Iqbal) brought the Holy Quran from the mosque. It was done by him."

Leaving the Quran at the puja mandap, the youth took away idol's mace, a weapon of Hindu god Hanuman, on his shoulder, he said.

The minister further said the incident was carried out in a planned way. “He (Iqbal) completed the task in two to three visits. So, we don’t think that he did it without being instructed or persuaded by anyone.”

He also expressed the hope that the rest will be clear if he is arrested.

The Cumilla incident has ignited a series of attacks on Hindu houses, temples and idols across the country, resulting in the deaths of six people.

In continuation of that communal conflict, Hindu villages in Rangpur’s Pirganj upazila came under attack on Sunday night over an alleged Facebook post hurting Muslims’ religious sentiment. At least 29 homes were torched in the attack.