Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said a vested quarter carried out the communal attack in Rangpur aiming to foil the upcoming national election and spoil India-Bangladesh relations.
Quader came up with the remarks on Sunday morning after visiting the torched houses of Hindu community people at Thakurpara village in Gangachhara upazila of Rangpur.
“A vested quarter launched the arson attack on Hindus’ homes ahead of the national election. They want the relations between Bangladesh and India to get worse,” he said, adding, “They want to destroy the peace of non-communal Bangladesh.”
Quader further said, “We’re with the minority community of the country, no one will be speared, no matter how powerful they are.”
The minister will return to the capital after addressing a scheduled rally at Brahmmanpur Primary School field at the village in the afternoon.
Over a reported Facebook post by Titu Chandra ‘demeaning’ Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PUBH), around 8,000 people from nearby villages marched towards Thakurbari village, a Hindu-dominated village, and vandalised and torched 8-10 houses of the Hindus on November 10.
On information, police rushed in, charged baton, fired rubber bullets and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the agitating people, leaving six injured with bullets.
A man was killed and 20 others, including four policemen, were injured during the clash.