Police: Man who placed the Quran on a Puja idol identified

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Police: Man who placed the Quran on a Puja idol identified
Police: Man who placed the Quran on a Puja idol identified

Police: Man who placed the Quran on a Puja idol identified

CCTV footage shows Iqbal at the puja venue premises in Comilla on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Dhaka Tribune
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Law enforcers are trying to arrest him, says Comilla SP

Police have identified the man behind the Comilla incident that sparked nationwide communal violence for the past week.

A man named Iqbal Hossain, 35, son of Nur Ahmed Alam from Sujanagar area of the city, had kept the Holy Quran at Nanua Dighir Par puja mandap in Comilla on October 13.

Police identified Iqbal’s involvement after analysing the video footage of surveillance cameras at the puja venue, Comilla Superintendent of Police (SP) Farooq Ahmed confirmed on Wednesday. But he could not be arrested as of Wednesday.

Police say Iqbal Hossain is a drifter. It is still unknown whether he has any involvement with any political parties.

SP Farooq Ahmed said everything would be disclosed in a briefing on Thursday.

Police filed four cases over the Comilla incident and arrested 41 people till now.

Earlier, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said authorities had identified the person behind the Comilla incident.

“I hope the prime suspect in the Comilla incident will be arrested soon… he has been changing locations frequently to avoid getting caught. We’ll be able to unfold the Comilla incident once he’s arrested,” he said.

Police arrested another person Md Foyez Ahmed, 41, on October 13 and got him on remand to quiz him. He posted a Facebook live from the Puja venue on that day that went viral.

Also Read- Comilla Carnage: How the events unfolded that day

Based on allegations of defamation of the Holy Quran at a puja mandap, violence broke out at several districts in Bangladesh during the Durga Puja celebrations last week.

At least seven people were killed over the incident in different parts of the country. Police arrested over 450 people and filed 72 cases till now over the communal violence.

Hundreds of Hindus lost their homes, businesses while many temples and puja venues were vandalized following the Comilla incident.

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