Bangladesh: 30 Hindu houses burned, vandalized over Facebook post on Islam

At least 30 Hindu houses were burned and vandalized allegedly by a mob at Thakurpara village under Rangpur district of Bangladesh yesterday over an alleged Facebook post “demeaning Islam”.

One man identified as Habibur Rahman was killed and at least 20 others were injured as police fired to control the violence.

Five persons have been arrested in connection with the attacks on Hindus.

According to local media, Titu Chandra Roy, son of late Khogen Roy, allegedly published a post in Facebook against Islam on 5 November for which a case was filed against him on the same day. However, it is not known whether the alleged post was published by Titu himself or his account was hacked.

Yesterday, around 8,000 people from nearby villages attacked Hindu-dominated Thakurbari village and torched 20 houses of eight Hindu families, including that of Titu, and vandalised about 10 others before the police arrived at the spot.

The police fired teargas shells and rubber bullets to disperse the mob.

A three-member investigation team headed by Abu Rafah, additional district magistrate, has been constituted to investigate the matter and submit its report within seven working days.

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