Ikbal Hossain, who has been accused of placing a copy of the Quran at a Durga Puja pandal in Comilla last week, was arrested by the police in Bangladesh from Cox’s Bazar on Thursday night.
Earlier, the police had identified the 35-year-old man, whose action triggered communal violence in Bangladesh, by analysing CCTV footage retrieved from surveillance cameras installed outside the pandal in Comilla.
The video allegedly showed him moving in suspiciously with a Quran and then walking out with the gada, possibly of the Hanuman idol at the pandal where the Quran had been discovered.
At least three persons were killed in violence that followed after a copy of the Quran was found at the Nanua Dighir Par Durga Puja pandal in Comilla last week. The incident had caused widespread violence as communal tension gripped Bangladesh.
Apart from Comilla, incidents of violence were also reported from temples in Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali, Cox’s Bazar’s Pekua and Rangpur’s Pirganj.
The police in Comilla have filed four cases and made 41 arrests in connection with the violence that broke out at a Durga Puja pandal. Four of those placed under arrest are reportedly associates of Ikbal Hossain.
Meanwhile, Ikbal’s mother, Amena Begum, had told Bangladesh-based Dhaka Tribune that he is a drug addict and has been facing psychological issues ever since he was stabbed in the stomach by some neighbours roughly 10 years ago.