CID arrests Islamic speaker for instigating temple attack

Thursday, 21 October 2021

A team of Crime Investigation Department (cyber monitoring cell) has arrested an Islamic preacher from Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka on Thursday for comments that allegedly incited temple attacks over desecration of the holy Quran in Cumilla.

The arrestee was identified as Maulana Abdur Rahim Biplobi, 39, resident of Dholaipar in Dhaka, reports UNB.

He was arrested at 7:20 am outside Chunkutia Purbapara Jame mosque under South Keraniganj police station by the team of CID led by inspector Mst Shajeda Lata.

On October 13, Maulana Rahim in a waj mahfil in Dhaka said if the perpetrators who kept holy Quran with a Hindu idol don’t get arrested by October 14 an unruly protest will start from each mosque the next day after Jumma prayer.

He also said, “No puja mandap will be spared in Bangladesh.”

Maulana Rahim also blamed police for killings in Chandpur during communal violence and made extremist comments about the law enforcing forces.

His comments spread on social media created extreme reactions among the netizens and public, said CID in a press release.

Also his comments had contributed to deterioration of law and order across the country, it said.

Cyber monitoring cell of CID immediately marked Abdur Rahim after it came into their notice.

In primary interrogation Abdur Rahim confessed to making inciting statements regarding puja mandaps in his waz, said CID.

CID filed a case at the Paltan model police station against Abdur Rahim under the Digital Security Act.