HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · Hossain was arrested at around 10.10 pm yesterday from Shugandha Beach area of Cox’s Bazar
  • · He was immediately transferred to Comilla ahead of his arrest
  • · The arrest comes after a significant number of protests in the country demanding the government to take strict action on the riot accused

On Thursday, Iqbal Hossain, the alleged pivotal instigator of the violence in Bangladesh’s Comilla and other places, was arrested by the country’s police. According to Comilla superintendent of police Faruk Ahmed, Hossain was arrested from Cox’s Bazar. Ahmed has further stated that Hossain was arrested at around 10:10 pm from the Shugandha Beach area of Cox’s Bazar.

The arrestee has been accused of keeping a Quran, the holy book of the Muslims, at a Durga Puja venue, which caused great hubbub at places in the country. The additional police superintendent of Cox’s Bazar, Md Rafiqul Islam has said that Hossain was transferred to Comilla “right away” following the arrest.

The arrest comes ahead of turmoil in all sections of the society both in East and West Bengal ahead of the Hindu Muslim riots in Bangladesh, which took place earlier during the festival of Durga Puja. A significant number of rallies and protests were organized by students and members of civic society at places like Chattogram and Dhaka, the capital of the country, demanding the government to be non-communal in its actions and arrest those who were accused of instigating the riots immediately.

On Sunday, a letter was issued by the prominent political and cultural figures of West Bengal, to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hassina. The letter observed that the majority community was responsible for protecting the right to religion of the minority communities and there was a “lapse in ensuring this security in both India and Bangladesh.” Its signatories included political figures such as CPI(M) Politburo member Md Salim and cultural personalities such as Kaushik Sen.

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