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Bangladesh: Mob torches Hindu village after FB post 'defaming' Prophet goes viral

A mob of angry Muslims burned down a Hindu village in Bangladesh after a rumor spread a local had insulted Prophet Mohammed on Facebook.

Before the police intervened, the perpetrators had torched at least 30 Hindu houses before looting and vandalising them, the report said.

According to Dhaka Tribune newspaper yesterday, one person was killed when police opened fire to disperse the crowd that launched the arson attack on the houses of Hindus.

The attack was carried out by a section among the 20,000-strong crowd that was reportedly mustered out from six to seven neighbouring villages, including Paglapeer, Mominpur and Horialkuthi, after the Jumma prayers. Later, the police resorted to firing rubber bullets and tear gas.

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The angry mob later blocked the Rangpur-Dinajpur highway to protest against the police attack, halting the vehicular moment for about four hours in the afternoon. Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge Moktarul Islam said that as the tension hadn't completely died down, a large number of police personnel had been deployed in the area, in case of an emergency.

Swaraj, in a tweet, said, "We have received a detailed report of Indian High Commission in Dhaka".

Temples in Brahmanbarhia district's Nasirnagar were vandalised on besides over 100 houses of Hindus in the area have also been looted. The external affairs minister in reply said Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Indian high commissioner in Dhaka, will take up this matter with the government of Bangladesh.

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