33 more arrested over attacks on Hindus in Brahmanbaria

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Brahmanbaria, November 5: At least 33 more people were arrested by police in connection with the attacks on Hindus at Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria on Saturday.

Police said they arrested 33 suspects conducting raids at different places in the upazila from Friday night to early Saturday after examining video footage of the October 30 attacks, Nasirnagar police officer-in-charge Md Abu Zafar told journalists.

He, however, declined to reveal the identities of the arrestees.

Police will seek to place them on remand after  producing them before the court on Saturday, he said.

Earlier, police arrested 11 people in this connection.

Local people and victims alleged that activists of the ruling Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, Hefazat-e-Islam as well as goons from outlying villages, who joined rallies at Nasirnagar on October 30, instigated and carried out the attacks.

About 200 houses and business establishments and 22 temples of Hindus were vandalised and robbed during the attacks, they said.

The attackers came to the upazila headquarters to join rallies demanding punishment of a Hindu youth, Rasraj Das, for allegedly sharing a doctored photo showing an idol on the Holy Kaaba on his Facebook wall on October 28.

The protest rallies were organised by Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat at Nasirnagar Ccollege intersection, and Towhidi Janata of Qaumi group backed by Hefazat-e-Islam at Ashutosh Pilot High School.

However, according to an assessment made by Nasirnagar upazila administration, the attacks damaged 17 temples and 52 houses and business establishments.