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8 held, 4,000 booked over Faridpur violence

Mob attack on govt offices was based on rumours

April 08, 2021 00:00:00

FARIDPUR, Apr 7 (UNB): Eight men have been arrested and some 3,000-4,000 people booked in connection with the violent clashes between police and locals in Saltha upazila of Faridpur district on the first day of lockdown, officials said Wednesday.

Monday's clashes left one youth dead and at least 20, including eight cops, injured.

"A case was filed against 3,000-4,000 people at the Saltha Police Station on Tuesday night, on a complaint by sub-inspector Mizanur Rahman. Of those booked, 88 people have been identified and eight arrested so far," said officer-in-charge Md Ashikuzzaman.

According to Md Alimuzzaman, police superintendent of Faridpur, a mob attacked several government offices and houses of government officials on Monday, following rumours of some deaths in police firing and assault on two maulanas by cops.

Few offices and houses of government officials were also set on fire by locals during the mayhem that continued from 8 pm to 11 pm on Monday night, the SP said.

bdnews24.com adds: Faridpur district administration and the police say arguments with authorities who were trying to enforce the lockdown led to the arson attack which they allege was planned.

Saltha Upazila Nirbahi Officer Hasib Sarkar said, "The attack was carried out in a planned way based on rumours."

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