‘Names of puja violence instigators to be disclosed’27 October 2021
The names of those who fuelled the violence at puja mandaps in different parts of the country will be made public soon, says Home Minister Asaduzzman Khan.
The minister said this at the 'BSRF Dialogue' organized by Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum at the secretariat on Tuesday.
"Those who've been arrested in the Rangpur and Noakhali vandalism cases have disclosed their (instigators) names in their confessional statements given under section 164 of the penal code," he said.
"So far, 10 cases have been filed over the vandalism triggered following the desecration of Holy Quran in Comilla, and 18 people have been arrested for being directly involved in the criminal acts. Confessional statements of the arrestees are being recorded, and we'll disclose the names after being hundred percent sure," the minister added. The involvement of BNP and Jamaat will also be confirmed after being sure following scrutiny, he said, adding: "We've taken up this incident as a challenge. We had sent the members of the police and all other law enforcement agencies to the spots to unearth the facts," said the minister.
They spotted the man from the CCTV footage who kept the Quran and arrested the absconding accused who has revealed his name, and they are currently being interrogated, Asaduzzaman said.
"We had a hunch of violence after Jummah prayers on the day of Dashami and directed the Hindu community members to carry out their immersion ritual before that, which they followed," he added.
The home minister further said: "Yet people got divided into two groups equally and unleashed destructive activities keeping the police force busy. And a man, meanwhile, had died jumping into a pond."
The minister said a vested quarter carried it out with a well-thought-out plan to destroy the country's communal harmony.
"And their names will be revealed in no time," he added.