Probe report finds no evidence of disrespecting Quran

Our Correspondent . Lalmonirhat | Published: 15:18, Nov 12,2020 | Updated: 00:48, Nov 13,2020


A three-member committee, which was formed to investigate the killing of a college librarian by a group of people publicly showing an excuse that he has demeaned the Quran in a mosque, found no evidence of any act of the victim that had dishonoured the book.

Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abu Zafor at a press conference in his office on Thursday morning also said that rumours led to the incident on that day.

After an investigation for nine working days, the committee submitted its six-page report containing five recommendations to the DC office on Thursday morning.

Abu Zafor said that the report contains a detailed description of the killing of Abu Yunus Md Shahidunnabi Jewel and burning of his body publicly at Burimari of Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat on October 29.

He did not share the report but said that an ‘innocent man’ was killed and later his body was burned to ashes through spreading rumours.

The deputy commissioner added that the report would be sent to the Cabinet Division and to the Home Ministry seeking instructions for next action.

On October 29, Dhaka University graduate and former librarian of Rangpur Cantonment Public School and College Abu Yunus Md Shahidunnabi Jewel, a man in his fifties, was beaten, killed and burnt by a group of people on the Burimari Union Parishad premises in Patgram.

The victim’s cousin Saiful Alam filed a case identifying 43 people and hundreds of unknown people on October 31.

Burimari Union Parishad chairman Abu Syed Muhammad Newaz Nishat filed another case naming 22 people and hundreds of unknown people while Patgram police station sub-inspector Md Shahjahan filed the third case.

The police so far have arrested 32 people and three of them admitted their offence according to the Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before a court.

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