HC orders judicial inquiry into communal attacks during Durga Puja
The High Court on Thursday directed the chief metropolitan or judicial magistrates of Cumilla, Noakhali, Chandpur, Feni, Chattogram and Rangpur to investigate a series of violent attacks on the Hindu community during the Durga Puja festival from October 13 to 18.
The chief metropolitan or judicial magistrates of the six districts have been asked to submit a report to the High Court within 60 days.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by two Supreme Court lawyers, Anup Kumar Saha and Mintu Chandra Das.
The court also issued a ruling asking the concerned bodies of the government and other respondents to explain in four weeks as to why their inaction and failure to provide protection to save the Durga Puja pandals, temples, houses, lives and properties of the Hindu Community in the affected areas should not be declared illegal.
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua appeared in the hearing on behalf of the writ petitioners, while attorney general AM Amin Uddin and additional attorney General Sk Md Morshed represented the state.