‘Durga Puja violence instigators’ names will soon be revealed’
Home Minister Asaduzzman Khan today said names of those who fuelled violence at puja mandaps in several districts of the country will be made public soon.
The minister said this at 'BSRF Dialogue', organised by Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum, at the Secretariat.
"Those who have been arrested in Rangpur and Noakhali vandalism cases have disclosed their (instigators) names in their confessional statements given under Section 164 of the penal code," he said.
"So far, 10 cases have been filed over the vandalism following the desecration of Holy Quran in Cumilla, and 18 people have been arrested for being directly involved in the criminal acts. Confessional statements of the arrestees are being recorded, and we'll disclose the names after being 100 percent sure," the minister added.
"We are considering this incident a challenge. We had sent members of the police and other law enforcement agencies to the spots to unearth the facts," said the minister.
They identified the man from CCTV footage who kept the Quran at the Cumilla puja mandap and arrested him, Asaduzzaman said.
"We had a hunch of violence after Juma prayers on the day of Dashami and directed members of the Hindu community to carry out their immersion ritual before that, which they followed," he mentioned.
The home minister went on to say, "Yet people got divided into two groups and unleashed destructive activities, keeping the police force busy."
Asaduzzaman said a quarter with vested interest carried out the violence, with a well-thought-out plan, to destroy the country's communal harmony. "And their names will be revealed in no time," he added.