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13 held, over 4,000 sued for Saltha violence

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:31, Apr 08,2021

 
 

The police filed a case against over 4,000 people, naming 88, on charges of attacking government offices, including the upazila administrative office and the police station, in Saltha upazila town in Faridpur Monday night.

‘The police filed the case Tuesday night for attacking government offices and the police,’ said Ashikur Zaman, officer in-charge of the Saltha police station, on Wednesday.

So far, 13 people have been arrested over the incident and drives are underway as most of the people named in the case are local leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefazat-e-Islam, according to the police.

Police officials, however, declined to reveal the names of the people arrested and the accused in the case.

A protester was killed and at least three others were critically injured Monday night as the police opened fire on mobs protesting against COVID-19 restrictions in Saltha upazila town.

The police and the local administration said that the mob was fanned by rumours of people getting killed in police firing and anti-Islamic activities being carried out by the administration.

Faridpur police additional superintendent Jamal Pasha said that they had yet to identify people who had spread rumours.

He, however, alleged that similar to Brahmanbaria mayhem, the violence in Saltha was fanned by Hefazat members.

Faridpur deputy commissioner Atul Sarker formed two separate probe committees to investigate the incident.

Local people said that a clash began when a team, led by Saltha assistant commission for land Marufa Sultana Khan Hiramoni, went to Fukra Bazar Monday afternoon and beat people there while enforcing the government’s 11-point COVID-19 restrictions.

The AC land, however, denied the beating allegation.

The mobs attacked the upazila administrative office, the Saltha police station, the office of the assistant commissioner for land and the Muktijoddha complex and clashed with the police, according to witnesses.

People turned into a mob after a rumour of a death in police firing spread, said Faridpur police additional superintendent Jamal Pasha.

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