Bangladesh announces bounty for nabbing attackers on minorities

Dhaka, Nov 14 (IANS) Bangladesh on Monday announced a cash reward of 100,000 taka ($1,265) to anyone giving information leading to the arrest of those who attacked Hindu minority people and their properties in Brahmanbaria district last month.

Police in Brahmanbaria made the announcement through loud speakers in the violence-ridden Hindu main areas of the district.

A violent mob vandalised dozens of Hindu temples and homes over an alleged blasphemy on October 30, Xinhua news agency reported.

Bangladeshi authorities said the mob attack in the district was prompted by allegations that a youth of the Hindu colony through a Facebook post did something disrespectful about one of Islam’s most sacred places.

The post from the account of Rasraj Das showed a photo of Hindu God Shiva placed on the photo of Kaaba, the most sacred and holiest place in Islam, which is located in the Muslim holiest city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

The Hindu youth later denied posting it.