Police arrest muezzin over Lalmonirhat lynching

Friday, 13 November 2020

Police arrested the muezzin of Burimari Central Jame Mosque in Lalmonirhat on Thursday night over the lynching of a man and burning his body after accusing him of disrespecting the Quran.

With Afiz Uddin, 50, the law enforcers have so far arrested 33 suspects over the October 29 incident.

Patgram Police Station Officer-in-Charge Sumon Kumar Mohonto said they arrested Afiz on Thursday at midnight from Burimari Bazar.

Locals beat Shadunnabi Jewel, 42, to death and burned his body accusing him of disrespecting the Quran at the mosque.

Jewel’s cousin Saiful Islam filed a case on October 31 over the killing.

The victim was the son of Abdul Wajed Mia of Rangpur town. He went to Burimari on October 29.

After the Asr prayer at the central mosque, he was accused of disrespecting the Quran and beaten to death before his body was set on fire.