Bangladesh Law Minister : Cumilla attack cases to be tried in speedy trial tribunals

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Dhaka, Oct 24 : Bangladesh Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq said trials of the cases filed over the recent attacks on Durga Puja mandaps in Cumilla will be held in speedy trial tribunals.

“There is a section in speedy trial tribunals to accept CCTV footages as evidence. So, there is no bar to accept the CCTV footages captured during the incident as the evidence,” he said on Saturday.

He said the cases will be sent to speedy trial tribunals after getting investigation reports from police.

He was replying to a question at a welcoming ceremony for newly appointed sub-registrars and view exchange meeting at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.

During the ceremony, the minister said, “Appointment of judges in High Court is a regular process and it will continue. We are now thinking of formulating a policy about judge appointment.”

Regarding e-registration process of land, hesaid, “A pilot project is now being implemented. We will get reports of the project on October 31 this year. Depending on the reports, we will launch the e-registration process across the country.”

Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division Secretary Md Moinul Kabir and Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar joined the function as special guests with Narayanganj District Registrar Md Ziaul Haque in the chair.

On October 21, the Bangladesh police identified the person who allegedly put the Holy Quran inside a mandap in Cumilla town during the Durga Puja which led to communal disturbances at several places in Bangladesh last week.

Based on the analysis of the CCTV footage, the police identified Iqbal Hossain (30) resident of Cumilla as the person who carried out the act. The police are yet to arrest the culprit.

The CCTV footage shows a man carrying the holy book going towards the temple after midnight and returning back with the mace of Lord Hanuman in his hand after some time. Though the CCTV camera in the mandap was not working, the footage has been taken from the CCTV camera of a nearby residence.

A photo of the book kept on the lap of Lord Hanuman was shared on social media which went viral.

Subsequently, mobs attacked the temples, homes and business establishments of the minority Hindu community in Cumilla. Similar incidents were reported from Noakhali, Rangpur and several other places of Bangladesh over the next few days between October 13-16.

It was suspected that the act of desecration was a premeditated act to disturb peace and social harmony in Bangladesh.

The police have filed 72 cases relating to incidents of vandalism of temples and attacks on Hindu houses and business establishments after the incident on October 13.

More than 450 people have been arrested so far, including the person who first put the controversial image from the Durga mandap in Cumilla on social media.


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