Dhaka: Police have been detained 53 people in connection with attacks on the Hindus houses after a local was accused of ‘insulting religion’.
Earlier, A mob of protesters has set on fire at least 30 houses of Hindus in Bangladesh following rumours that a youth from the minority community published an offensive Facebook status, media reports said on Saturday.
One person was killed when police opened fire to disperse the crowd that launched the arson attack on the houses of Hindus yesterday, Dhaka Tribune reported. The incident took place in Rangpur district’s Thakurpara village, about 300 km from Dhaka. At least five persons were injured when police fired rubber bullets and lobbed tear gas shells to bring the situation under control, it said.
The protesters claimed that they were infuriated by a defamatory status published from the Facebook account of a person who hails from the Thakurbari village a few days ago, the report said. A crowd of 20,000 people had reportedly gathered from six to seven neighbouring villages before the attack was launched by a group of people, it said.
The police had a tough time dealing with the protesters and restoring the law and order situation in the area, the report said. Six persons with bullet injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital when one of them succumbed to his injuries, the report said.