Man gets 16 months in jail for placing the Holy Quran at puja mandap
A Dhaka tribunal today sentenced Mohammad Iqbal Hossain to 16 months in jail in a case filed for placing the Holy Quran at the Nanua Dighir Par puja mandap in Cumilla on October 13, 2021 and hurting people's religious sentiments.
Judge AM Zulfiker Hayet of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal handed down the sentence in Iqbal's presence after the accused admitted his offence, said Public Prosecutor Nazrul Islam Shamim.
Iqbal is the prime accused in the case filed in this connection under Digital Security Act with Gazipur's Tongi Purba Police Station.
Centring the incident, four temples and seven mandaps in the Cumilla city were vandalised and set on fire on the same day, injuring at least 30 people.
One of those injured died while undergoing treatment at the hospital. Apart from this, there were incidents of vandalism of idols and explosion of crude bombs at Sadar South, Debidwar, and Daudkandi areas of the district.
The tribunal today also directed the jail authorities to release Iqbal from custody if he is not wanted in any other case as he has already remained behind bars for 16 months.
The complainant and four others gave their depositions before the tribunal.
Earlier on August 16 last year, Md Rokon Miah, another accused in the case over the Cumilla incident, was given one year jail following his confession before the tribunal.
Iqbal was arrested from Cox's Bazar Sugandhya point on October 21, 2021.
On October 18, 2021, Sub-Inspector Rajib Hossain of Gazipur's Tongi Purba Police Station filed the case against Rokon Miah and Iqbal under the Digital Security Act.