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Cyber cafe owner who plotted B’desh temple attacks, arrested

The Bangladesh police have arrested the alleged mastermind for carrying out attacks on Hindu temples and houses earlier this month.

The police said the accused arrested on Monday night could have hacked the Facebook account of a Hindu man and posted images of Hindu gods over those of Muslim holy shrines to instigate violence.

“We arrested him last night from the (Brahmanbaria) town. He was on the run and we believe he is one of the main culprits,” said Mizanur Rahman, a police official.

He added that the 30-year-old Jahangir Alam, a cyber cafe owner, was arrested as police investigations confirmed his involvement in the mobilising Islamists to carry out the attacks. He said, “We are now trying to be certain if he himself had hacked the Hindu youth’s Facebook account”.

“But we can tell you, he is the man who prepared handbills copying the controversial image (to be distributed among ordinary people) and hired trucks to carry the attackers to the scene at Nasirnagar (in Brahmanbaria),” Rahman said.

The district police chief’s comments came as a court ordered Alam to be interrogated in custody for four days as he was brought before a magistrate. 

Officials said Alam was the last among the detained suspects, while the police had earlier arrested over 100 people for their alleged role in the Nasirnagar attacks when the Islamists carried out two subsequent attacks ravaging nearly a dozen temples and over 20 houses. 

The police had announced a bounty for information leading to the capture of the perpetrators of the attacks amid mounting protests, demanding action against the culprits. 
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