A key accused in a case filed in connection with the attack on Hindu houses in Thakurpara village of Sadar upazila reportedly confessed before a Rangpur court on Sunday to his involvement in the incident.
Senior Judicial Magistrate Ariful Islam recorded the statement of Masud Rana, a former union unit president of BNP, under Section 164 after police Sub-Inspector Mohammad Ali, also the case investigation officer, produced him before the court.
Earlier, the court remanded him for five days in police custody after he was arrested from the upazila’s Lalchandpur on January 30.
Hundreds of protestors had held a human chain after blocking the Rangpur-Dinajpur Highway at Paglapir Bazar after Juma prayers on November 10 last demanding punishment of one Titu Roy for his Facebook post defaming Islam and its prophet.
The angry mob later set fire to eight houses at Thakurpara and clashed with police.
Police had opened fire and lobbed teargas shells to disperse the mob, killing a person and injuring 15 others in the process.