Expulsion of three local Awami League leadersproved that the ruling party was involved with the synchronised attack on the Hindus in Brahmanbaria’s Nasirnagar, BNP said today.
Brahmanbaria district AL suspended its three local AL leaders for their alleged instigation and involvement in the attack, therefore, it proved that AL’s involvement in it, BNP Vice-Chairman Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed said at a press briefing at the party’s chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka.
Led by BNP leader Hafiz, a 15-member team of the party visited the devastated areas in Nasirnagar upazila on Friday.
Hafiz demanded that the government form a judicial inquiry to identify the real perpetrators and bring them to book.
The three expelled AL local leaders are Abul Hashem, Nasirnagar union chairman and also assistant secretary of the upazila AL, Faruk Mia, president of Haripur union AL, and Haji Suruj Ali, president of Chapartola union AL, RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, president of the district AL, told The Daily Star last night.
The district AL has also formed a probe team to determine if any other AL men had any role, Obaidul added. “We will take organisational action if the investigation team finds anyone from the Awami League linked with the heinous incident.”
Five days into the attack on the Hindus in Nasirnagar uapazila, five more homes were torched in the wee hours yesterday, spreading panic among the already frightened minority community.
Sunday’s attack followed a Facebook post from the account of Rasraj Das, a local fisherman, “hurting the religious sentiment” of the Muslims.
The post showed a photo of Hindu God Shiva placed on the photo of Kaba, considered a holy place in Islam.
Rasraj, 27, is now in jail in a case filed over the post. Before his arrest and the systematic mayhem, he claimed he had nothing to do with the post, but apologised for it anyway. Relatives say his account may have been hacked.
Following widespread criticisms over the failure of the police and the local administration to prevent the attack, the officer-in-charge of Nasirnagar police was withdrawn.