Police detain AL leader for vandalising temple

Published: November 18, 2017 23:32:54 | Updated: November 19, 2017 18:50:07


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Police have detained six people, including a local Awami League leader, on charges of vandalising idols at a Hindu temple at Atrai Upazila in Naogaon.

The six are Mirat union Awami League Organising Secretary Shaheedul Islam, 46, Polash Khan, 25, 'Polash', 28, 'Kamal', 32, Swapan Islam, 37, and Ratan Khandaker, 33.

Atrai Police Station Officer-in-charge (OC) Mobarak Hossain said the law enforcers detained them after finding their involvement in vandalising idols following a dispute with the Hindus at the neighbourhood over control of an irrigation project at Barhakalipur village.

Referring to witnesses' accounts, the OC said the two sides held a meeting next to a Kali Temple in the village on Friday night to settle the dispute, but the meeting ended with a scuffle between the groups.

The locals called police after they saw the idols were broken early in the morning’ says a bdnews24.com report.

"We've detained the six after finding their involvement in the vandalism in the initial investigation," the OC said.

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