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Bangladesh communal violence: HC seeks report within 60 days from the judicial panel

The High Court also asked the concerned authorities to explain why it shall not declare as illegal the ‘inaction’ of local administration to ensure the security of the victims.

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Dhaka: The High Court of Bangladesh has ordered a judicial probe into the recent incidents of communal violence in six districts of Bangladesh which started on October 13, during the Durga Puja.

In its order on Thursday, the court asked the judicial magistrates of Rangpur, Cumilla, Chattogram, Feni, Chandpur and Noakhali to probe the incidents of communal violence and submit the report within 60 days, according to the official news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

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The High Court also asked the concerned authorities to explain why it shall not declare as illegal the ‘inaction’ of local administration to ensure the security of the victims.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen had said that in recent incidents of communal violence in Bangladesh six people died, including four Muslims killed in police firing. Criticising some media outlets and individuals for “spreading cooked up stories of deaths and rapes of the religious minority”, Momen said that all perpetrators have been arrested.

Bangladesh witnessed vandalism of temples and attacks on minority Hindu community homes and business establishments across several places following a reported desecration of the Holy Quran inside a Puja mandap in Cumilla. Subsequently, police arrested one Iqbal Hossain who confessed to have committed the act of desecration.

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