Dhaka, November 30: Bangladesh Police arrested a suspect who is believed to have been behind the attacks on Hindus. 30 year old Jahangir Alam was arrested by police when investigations revealed that he had prominent role in mobilising Islamists to carry out the attacks on minority.
Alam is owner of a cyber cafe in Brahmanbaria, the eastern area where most of the attacks occurred. The National Human Rights Commission said the violence was an organised bid to drive Hindu people from their homes and grab their land.
He said 30-year-old Jahangir Alam, a cyber cafe owner, was arrested as police investigations confirmed his crucial role in the mobilising Islamists to carry out the attacks while “we are now trying to be certain if he himself had hacked the Hindu youth’s Facebook account”.
The violence was sparked after a Hindu fisherman allegedly mocked a holy site in Mecca on Facebook. Police now say the image was not uploaded from his mobile phone. They instead suspect it was uploaded from the cyber cafe in question, local media report.
The violence triggered when a Hindu fisherman mocked a holy site in Mecca on Facebook. Rasraj Das, a fisherman, was arrested over the Facebook post that triggered the violence, and later released on bail. The image posted was of the Kaaba, one of the holiest sites in Islam, along with a Hindu deity. Police came to know the image was not uploaded from his mobile phone. They instead suspect it was uploaded from the cyber café. Police said they are now trying to be certain if Alam himself had hacked the Facebook account to post the controversial image.
While the attacks started in Brahmanbaria district, incidents have been reported from all around Muslim-majority Bangladesh. Dozens of people were arrested earlier this month in connection with the worst attacks, which targeted numerous temples and more than 100 homes on 30 October.
More than 100 people were injured and an arson attack destroyed the house of a local leader of the governing Awami League, who is a Hindu. Correspondents say attacks on Hindus and other religious minorities in Bangladesh are not uncommon, but the scale of the recent violence is unusual.