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Lalmonirhat lynching: Investigators find no evidence of Quran desecration

  • Published at 02:27 pm October 31st, 2020
Mob lynching-Burimari
File photo: Abu Yunus Md Shahidunnabi Jewel was beaten to death and his body was burnt on this spot on October 29, 2020. Later, People from all walks of life in Rangpur demonstrated at Payra Chattar over the lynching the next day Dhaka Tribune

Three separate cases have been filed over the incident

An intelligence report filed over the killing of Abu Yunus Md Shahidunnabi Jewel, who was barbarically lynched and immolated at Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat, has found no evidence of desecration of the Quran by the victim.

The report, filed by a state intelligence agency, also named Burimari Central Jame Mosque khadim (attendant) Zubed Ali, a decorator businessman Abul Hossain alias Hossain Ali, and an upazila parisad member Hafizul Islam as prime accused in the brutal murder.

It also said that Jewel was lynched after being falsely accused for desecrating the Quran by the mosque’s khadim, right after the victim offered his prayers at the mosque on Thursday last. 

Meanwhile, three separate cases have been filed over the incident. Of them, one was filed by the Upazila Chairman SM Nawaz Nishat naming 22 individuals and 500-600 unnamed people. The case also named Hafizul Islam as the prime accused in the brutal murder.

Jewel, 50, was beaten to death by an angry mob on the Burimari Union Parishad premises and the mob then took his body to Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway and set it on fire.

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The intelligence report also noted that the upazila chairman, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), and the officer-in-charge of the respective police station should also be held accountable for failing to prevent the barbaric incident. 

The report also highlighted that the upazila chairman was fully aware that Jewel was mentally unstable as the victim’s father was his friend.

Locals told Dhaka Tribune that Jewel was well-known as a meritorious student and a religious man. He was a student of Rangpur Zilla School and graduated with a first class in library science from Dhaka University and worked as the chief librarian at Rangpur Cantonment Public School and College. 

However, he became mentally unstable after being terminated from his job over a trifle matter. He was being medically treated for his illness. 

Meanwhile, the upazila chairman, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), and the officer-in-charge of the respective police station could not be reached despite several attempts.

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