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Police arrests presumed mastermind of attack on Hindu temples

Brahmanbaria police overnight arrested a cyber caf, owner as the presumed mastermind of attacks on Hindu temples and households earlier this month at Nasirnagar upazila.

"We arrested him last night from the (Brahmanbaria) town . . . he was on the run and we believe he is one of the main culprits," district police's superintendent Mizanur Rahman told BSS.

He said police suspected that 30-year old Jahangir Alam was arrested as police investigations confirmed his crucial role in the mobilising bigots to carry out the attacks.

"We are now trying to be sanguine if he himself had hacked a Hindu youth's Facebook account and posted the image of a Hindu God over Muslims holiest shrine of Kaaba," Rahman said.

He added: "But we can tell you, he is the man who prepared handbills copying the controversial image (to be distributed among ordinary people) and hired trucks to carry the attackers to the scene at Nasirnagar".

The district police chief's comments came as a court here ordered Alam to be interrogated in custody for four days as he was brought before a magistrate to comply with the legal procedure.

Officials said Alam was the last among the detained suspects while police earlier arrested over 100 people for their alleged involvement in Nasirnagar attacks when the Muslim bigots carried out two subsequent raids ravaging nearly a dozen of Hindu temples and over 20 households.

Police earlier this month announced a bounty for information leading to the capture of the perpetrators of the attacks amid mounting protests demanding stern actions against the culprits.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)