B’desh announces bounty on info about Hindu temple attackers
The Bangladesh police on Monday announced a bounty of 1 lakh Taka for information leading to the arrest or capture of the attackers of Hindu temples and homes amid mounting protests demanding stern action against the culprits.
“We have announced a bounty amounting to Taka 1 lakh (USD 1250) for information about the whereabouts of the culprits,” said Brahmanbaria’s police superintendent Mizanur Rahman.
He added that 78 suspected attackers were so far arrested after detailed investigations but Hindu leaders and civil society feared that several masterminds remained beyond the ambit of law enforcement agencies.
The development came amid speculation that the attacks on Hindu temples and households were staged at Nasirnagar area of the district as part of a conflict between two influential groups of ruling Awami League.
"It appears that the culprits were hired to stage the attacks to harm the reputation of the other group," said an official in Nasirnagar, requesting anonymity.
Authorities have launched an intensified campaign to track down the culprits after home minister Asaduzzaman Khan warned that none of the attackers will be spared.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had also urged the people to stand with religious minorities.
"As a Muslim-majority country it is the moral responsibility of all of us to take care of the minorities," she told a conference at her office.