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5 more arrested over Lalmonirhat mob lynching

  • Published at 11:46 am November 2nd, 2020
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The room at the union parishad office that was broken into by an angry mob before it lynched a man for supposedly hurting religious sentiment Dhaka Tribune

The cases filed against mostly unidentified individuals were handed over to the Detective Branch of Police for further investigation

Police and Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested five more people in the three cases filed over a mob lynching incident in Burimari union of Lalmonirhat's Patgram, where a man was lynched by and immolated over rumors of Quran desecration.

Moreover, the cases filed against mostly unidentified individuals were handed over to the Detective Branch of Police for further investigation, confirmed Patgram police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Sumon Kumar Mohant.

On October 29, Abu Yunus Md Shahidunnabi Jewel, 50, was beaten to death by an angry mob on the Burimari Union Parishad premises in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat.

The mob then took his body some 300 metres away to the Prothom Bashkol area on Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway and set it on fire, fuelled with dried materials, tyres, and petrol.

Over a thousand people were present during the incident, including people from outside Lalmonirhat, as rumors of Quran desecration spread, according to Patgram Upazila Nirbahi Officer Kamrun Nahar.

With the five arrested, altogether 10 people have been taken into custody in connection with the incident.

Lalmonirhat DB Officer-in-Charge Omor Faruk said five of the arrested have been produced in front of court, which sent them to jail after denying the bail plea. DB sought a five-day remand for each of them and hearing regarding the matter will be held on November 3.

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On Saturday, the deceased’s cousin Saiful Alam filed a case naming 43 persons and hundreds unknown, Burimari Union Parishad Chairman Abu Syed Newaz Nishat filed another case naming 22 persons and hundreds unknown while Patgram police station Sub Inspector (SI) Md Shahjahan filed yet another case.

Two probe committees - one by the district administration and another by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) - were formed to investigate the incident.

During the ongoing investigation by the NHRC, its director of investigation Al Mahmud Faizul Kabir, on Sunday said they yet have not found any proof of Quran desecration.