Bangladesh ar­rests Hindu af­ter post sparks deadly riot


DHAKA: Bangladesh po­lice said Tues­day they have ar­rested a Hindu man sus­pected of be­ing be­hind a Face­book post that trig­gered vi­o­lent reprisals on the re­li­gious mi­nor­ity.

Around 5,000 Mus­lims went on the ram­page on Fri­day af­ter the post, which lo­cal me­dia said “de­famed” the Prophet Muham­mad (peace be upon him), torch­ing Hindu homes and tem­ples.

At least one per­son died when po­lice opened fire on the ri­ot­ers.

Khand­ker Go­lam Faruq, re­gional po­lice chief in Rang­pur dis­trict where the vi­o­lence oc­curred, told AFP a man named Titu Roy had been ar­rested on Tues­day morn­ing.

He said po­lice had also ar­rested at least 108 peo­ple sus­pected of in­volve­ment in the vi­o­lence.

It is not the first at­tack on the mi­nor­ity Hindu com­mu­nity in mainly Mus­lim Bangladesh, which has seen a rise in com­mu­nal ten­sions in re­cent years.

In Oc­to­ber last year a mob an­gered by an­other Face­book post smashed Hindu tem­ples.

The coun­try wit­nessed sim­i­lar at­tacks on Hindu tem­ples af­ter the con­tro­ver­sial 2014 elec­tions when a sec­u­lar party led by Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina won polls boy­cotted by the op­po­si­tion.

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