Police have identified the accused in the attack on Durga Puja pandals of Bangladesh. Police say that this accused named Iqbal Hussain had intentionally kept the Quran inside the pandal, after which violence broke out.
Bangladesh Durga Puja Violence
- 3 lives were lost in violence during Durga Puja
Days after attacks on Durga Puja pandals killed at least three people, police in Bangladesh’s Comilla say they have identified the man responsible for inciting the violence. Comilla’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Farooq Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune that the man being sought in the case is 35-year-old Iqbal Hussain. It is alleged that Hussain, a resident of Sujanagar in Comilla district, had placed a copy of the Quran in the worship pavilion at Nanua Dighir on October 13.
The senior police officer said Hussain’s involvement would be explained in detail during a briefing on Thursday. Police in Bangladesh have named Iqbal Hussain as an accused in the violence after examining CCTV footage obtained from surveillance cameras installed in the pandal. In the CCTV footage obtained by the police, it can be clearly seen that Iqbal takes a copy of the Quran from the mosque to the place of Durga Puja. Later he was seen walking with the crowd near an idol of Lord Hanuman.
Comilla SP Farooq Ahmed also said that the accused Iqbal Hussain is absconding and he has not been taken into custody yet. Iqbal’s brother and other family members suspect that someone might have taken advantage of his mental state and he is also helping the police to trace him.
Let us inform that in connection with this violence, the Comilla Police has registered four cases and made 41 arrests. Four of those arrested are reportedly Iqbal Hussain’s aides. Iqbal’s mother, Amina Begum, told the Dhaka Tribune that she is a drug addict and has been mentally ill after some neighbors stabbed her in the stomach about 10 years ago.
Significantly, on October 7, communal violence broke out during Durga Puja celebrations in Hajiganj Upazila of Chandipur in Bangladesh in which 3 people died. 60 people were injured here. During this, more than 80 places including Banskhali in Chittagong, Pekua in Cox’s Bazar and Chapainwabganj in Shivganj were attacked, causing chaos in the country. At the same time, on October 10, people opposing this violence were also attacked and then Hindu temples as well as shops were vandalized and looted in Feni, about 157 km from Dhaka.