The High Court today directed the government to compensate the Hindu families who came under attack over a Facebook post allegedly demeaning Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) in Pabna in November last year.
The government was asked to compensate a total of 33 families within three weeks in Santhia upazila of the district.
Miscreants vandalised 29 houses, 10 business establishments and seven temples at Bonogram bazaar in the upazila on November 2 last year on allegation that a Hindu boy from the locality allegedly maligned Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) on a Facebook page, according to Biswajit Roy, deputy attorney general.
While hearing a suo moto rule, the HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain also directed police to arrest those responsible for the attacks.
The government will have to pay Tk 43.42 lakh as compensation as assessed by an investigation committee, said the deputy attorney general.
Following an HC rule issued on November 3 last year, the government formed the probe body to assess the damage caused by the attacks, the deputy attorney general said.
The committee submitted its assessment report to the HC last week, Roy said.
After examining the report, the court today passed the order, he added.