Detectives arrested one person early yesterday for his alleged links with the hate attacks on the Hindu community in Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria a month ago.
The arrestee, Jahangir Alam shared an anti-Islamic post that had appeared on the Facebook wall of Hindu youth Rasraj Das, made copies of it and distributed those to foment trouble, said Brahmanbaria Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman.
Jahangir was arrested at Kalaisree Para in Brahmanbaria around 12:30am. He had been on the run since he circulated the Facebook post the day before the attacks on Hindus, the SP said.
Jahangir, of Shangkardah village at Haripur union of Nasirnagar, is one of the prime suspects and organisers of the attacks. He along with his men caught Rasraj from his Horinber village and beat him up before handing him over to police.
The next day the gang along with an angry mob attacked Horinber village and vandalised and looted houses and temples, the SP said.
They also participated in vandalising and looting of 100 houses and 15 temples in five Hindu villages in Nasirnagar, 13 km from Horinber village.
The SP said a forensic lab test of Rasraj’s mobile phone at the laboratory of the Police Bureau of Investigation in the capital had found that the Facebook post was not uploaded from that phone.
“We are convinced that someone else uploaded it using Rasraj’s account as part of a plot,” the police official said.
On October 28, a photo was uploaded on the Facebook wall of Rasraj Das, a 27-year-old fisherman with very little education.
Brahmanbaria police said they also seized a computer from Jahangir’s Alamin Cyber Point and Studio at Horinber Bazar, which Jahangir used for copying the post.
Based on the information extracted from him, another hard disk was seized from Madhabpur and sent to the lab for examination.
Terming the arrest a “big success,” police officials said it would help them get names of the masterminds and other instigators behind the atrocities.
Jahangir was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court in Brahmanbaria yesterday afternoon, which placed him on remand for four days. Earlier, police in making wholesale arrest picked up 99 people, most of whom were innocent villagers. Even a mentally-challenged person was arrested in the case filed for vandalism, drawing huge criticism.