Uneasy calm prevailed at village Thakurpara in Rangpur on Monday, three days after the Hindus of the village came under an arson attack over a facebook post defaming Islam and its prophet.
The affected villagers told reporters that that they were rebuilding their houses and trying to overcome the trauma though they were still in fear.
A victim, Sudhir Roy, said, ‘We are still in fear. The attackers not only burnt our houses, but also looted all our belongings.’
The Rangpur Sadar and Gangachara police said the police arrested 24 more people on Monday for their suspected involvement in the attack, raising the number of total arrest to 77 in connection with the attack in the past three days.
Gongachara police officer-in-charge Zinnat Ali said, ‘Our investigation in the case has progressed a lot but we will not disclose anything in this regard right now for the sake of the investigation.’
Rangpur superintendent of police Mizanur Rhamn said that police forces were deployed in the area.
He also said that they suspected that the facebook post, that spread hatred, might be fake.
‘We are yet to arrest the man, Titu Roy, from Thakurpara and now residing in Narayanganj, whose name was used while opening the facebook account. The fact will be clear after the arrest of Titu,’ he added.
Meanwhile, Jatiya Party secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader and Indian assistant high commissioner Avijit Chattapaddhay visited the affected area.
JP secretary general demanded judicial probe into the attack on the Hindus.
He also demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the attackers.
Terming the attack as a heinous act, he said that the attackers’ intention was to hamper communal harmony in the country.
However, the Indian assistant high commissioner did not make any comment after visiting the area.
An angry mob torched 10 houses, vandalised seven others, a warehouse and two Shib temples at village Thakurpara on Friday following an allegation that Titu, one of the Hindu villagers, defamed Islam and its prophet through a facebook post.
A suspected attacker was killed and several others were injured as the police opened fire on the mob which made the attack.
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