A rumour shaped and vented the anger of the Muslims in the neighboring villages against the Hindu community.
The attack was carried out by a section among the 20,000 strong crowds that was reportedly mustered out from six to seven neighboring villages including Paglapeer, Mominpur, and Horialkuthi after the Jumma prayers.
There was a melee of chases and counter chases between the law enforcement and the crowd. At one point, police fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to control the situation.
Six people with bullet injuries were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Amongst them, a youth named Hamidul Islam succumbed to his injuries later.
The angry mob later blocked the Rangpur-Dinajpur highway to protest against the police attack, halting the vehicular moment for about four hours in the afternoon.
The incident took place on November 11th in Rangpur district’s Thakurpura village, about 300 km from Dhaka.
The mob set fire to at least 30 homes of Hindus in Bangladesh. This happened before the police arrived. According to the report, the response was after a Facebook post, allegedly by one of the villagers (who now lives elsewhere), defamed Prophet Mohammad.
Allegedly the rumour was that one Titu Roy, originally from Thakurbavi village but currently living in Narayanganj, put up a Facebook post defaming Prophet Muhammad a few days ago.
Police have detained 33 people in connection with the incident. As reported by Bdnews24.
The district administration has formed a three-member inquiry committee, headed by Additional District Magistrate Abu Rafa Mohammed Rafiq, to investigate the incident and submit a report in seven days.