The crazed Muslim mob of around 20,000 also set fire to at least 30 Hindu houses in the village and looted and vandalized numerous other residences, following the young Hindu man’s unsubstantiated defamation.
Independent (h/t RF) The crowd was made up of residents from between six and seven neighbouring villages, including Paglapeer, Mominpur and Horialkuthi. Anger started to grow after a local Muslim businessman lodged a complaint with the police about the alleged Facebook post.
One person was killed and five others received serious injuries as the police tried to stop the arson and looting attack in the village of Thakurpara, as reported by the Dhaka Tribune, by firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd. (Only RUBBER bullets?)
In response to the police violence, the group blocked the local Rangpur-Dinajpur highway in protest, blocking traffic for about four hours. Indian Express reported that more than 50 people were arrested.
Local reports say police have accused Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, of deliberately attacking Hindus before the elections.
The alleged targeting of ethnic minorities in a Muslim-majority country using what some people have described as fake propaganda comes as Bangladeshi authorities are trying to deal with more than 300,000 Bangladeshi Rohingya Muslim refugees who are being chased out of neighboring Myanmar after years of terrorizing and raping the Buddhists there.