Dhaka, November 13: Bangladesh has assured India that compensation will be paid to those Hindus whose houses were torched over rumours that an offensive Facebook status was posted allegedly by a Hindu youth.
According to Dhaka Tribune newspaper, one person was killed when police opened fire rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse the crowd that launched the arson attack on the houses of Hindus. Around 53 people were detained.
The incident took place in Rangpur district's Thakurpara village, about 300 km from the capital. At least 30 houses of Hindus were burnt down by an angry mob over rumours that a youth from minority community posted an offensive Facebook post.
The Rangpur district administration formed a three-member investigation committee headed by Abu Rafah, additional district magistrate. The committee has to submit its report within seven working days, said Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Wahiduzzaman.
In October last year, religious zealots carried out a synchronised attack on the Hindus in Brahmanbaria's Nasirnagar upazila, destroying around 100 homes and at least five temples and looting valuables.
The violence was triggered by a Facebook post purportedly from the account of one Rasraj Das for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.