Inspector general of police Benazir Ahmed during a visit to affected areas in Brahmanbaria on Thursday said that criminals would be brought to justice by identifying them through photos and footage in connection with the violence that had taken place between March 26 and March 28.
He also said that records of 200 years at the land office were also damaged during the attacks which would affect people in the district for 50 more years.
‘It means that some people wanted to give us a collective punishment. We have to find out the reason behind their act,’ Benazir told reporters at the district circuit house after visiting the affected areas.
At least 12 people were killed in police firing in March 26-28 in Brahmanbaria and Chattogram as protesters, mostly Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh activists, and police personnel, aided by ruling party activists, clashed over protests against Indian prime minister Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
Benazir said that whenever any attack took place, the attackers damaged rail stations, impacting the communication.
He said that Brahmanbaria had over 574 madrassahs.
When asked why no top leaders of Hefazat had been prosecuted in Brahmanbaria, Rapid Action Battalion director general Chowdhuty Abdullah Al Mamun said that those who would be identified would be prosecuted with evidences.
The police have prosecuted at least 32 mid-ranking Dhaka city unit leaders of Hefazat under the anti-terrorism act over the violence in Dhaka during strike hours on March 28 after the March 26-27 visit of Modi to Bangladesh.
No Hefazat leaders, however, have been arrested in the cases filed so far against mostly unnamed people over the violence.
The police have filed at least 28 cases in Chattogram, Narayanganj, Brahmanbaria, Dhaka, Sylhet and Kishoreganj accusing about 15,000 people, including Hefazat, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, over the violence during the countrywide daylong general strike called by Hefazat, said police officials, adding that more cases were under process in the areas.
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