Bangladesh: A man allegedly holding the Qur’an has been identified at the Durga Puja venue

A man allegedly possessing the Koran has been identified at the Durga Puja venue in Bangladesh’s Comilla district.

Police officials say the suspect was identified from CCTV footage and action is now being taken to arrest him.

Several temples, venues and houses of the Bangladesh Hindu community were attacked in the wake of the alleged placement of the Koran at the Durga Puja venue.

At least seven people, two of them Hindus, have been killed in violence in Bangladesh over the past week. At least 50 people were injured as police tried to contain the violence.

Comilla District Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Qamrul Hassan and Superintendent of Police Farooq Ahmed told BBC Bangla that they had identified a person involved in the case and were searching for him.

Durga Puja venue ‘ to the ‘ Who’s the man?

Police officials have refused to name the person identified, although local media in Bangladesh are reporting on the name of the accused.

The Dhaka Tribune quoted police as saying that the man had no permanent job and was moving around, but it was not immediately clear if he belonged to any political party.

According to the Dhaka Tribune, the man’s mother claims that her son is addicted to drugs and used to harass his family.


The mother claims that her son has been suffering from some mental disorder for the last 10 years because some neighbors stabbed him in the stomach in a fight 10 years ago.

The man’s family says he should be punished if he is really guilty. His brother said he may have been incited by some groups to do so.

What appeared in the CCTV footage?

CCTV footage of the whole incident is now going viral on social media.

The footage shows a person entering the puja venue at night with something in his hand and then walking back with Lord Hanuman’s ass (Hanuman’s weapon).

The Holy Quran was found on Wednesday, the eighth day of Dargah Puja, in the Dargah Puja Mandap of Kamela. Later, a mob gathered and vandalized the puja venue, accusing it of desecrating the Qur’an.

Immediately after the incident, Hindu temples were attacked in several places in Bangladesh. Police opened fire in the air to quell the violence, killing at least five people and injuring several others.

What did the police say?

Police later issued a statement the same day stating what happened in Camilla on October 13 and what steps they have taken in this regard.

Police said that vandalism and attacks took place in Haji Ganj in Kamela Chandpur, Begum Ganj in Nokhali, Pir Ganj in Ringpur, Cox’s Bazar, Habiganj and Ghazipur.


As of October 19, a total of 72 cases have been registered and 450 people have been arrested, according to police.

A special police unit has been set up to find out the cause of the incident and cyber surveillance has been stepped up to prevent rumors from spreading on social media.

Police have appealed in their press release that people should not pay attention to rumors, misinformation and false news.

What do eyewitnesses say?

The incident took place on the outskirts of Comilla, a place where Hindu families live. He has been setting up a temporary venue there for the last 20 years to organize Durga Puja.

Achantiya Das, one of the organizers of the puja, said that a curtain was put up around the stage of the main venue after the puja was over and people left. Not far from the stage was the idol of Ganesh. Someone put the Qur’an there.

He said that the security guards of the private company were present there till morning. There was no security guard when the Qur’an was placed there.

However, in the morning, a man called Triple Nine (999) and said that the Qur’an was being desecrated there. Another young man started Facebook Live on the incident.

But no eyewitness could confirm that he saw anyone there holding the Qur’an.

Achantia Das told BBC Bangla that the in-charge of Kotwal police station in Comilla reached the spot at 7.30 am after receiving the news.

The police officer then removed the Qur’an from the worship venue, which was viewed on Facebook Live.

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