Vol. 5 Num 263 Tue. February 22, 2005  
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Grenade blast at Moulvibazar shrine
Imam, madrasa teacher held

A grenade exploded at Shaidingi shrine in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar on Sunday night badly damaging the structure of the shrine.

No casualty, however, was reported while the roof of the shrine was blown up.

Immediately after the explosion, locals captured a local Imam and a madrasa teacher on suspicion, and handed them over to police.

Police said the detainees -- Maruf Mohammed Ishaque, 22, and Quamrul -- had confessed their involvement in the explosion. Police declined to elaborate on the leads obtained from the two.

A team of Bangladesh Army's explosive experts from Comilla had visited the scene and recovered splinters from the spot. Team leader Captain Manjur confirmed it to be a hand grenade.

Police and locals said the grenade exploded at about 8:15pm sometime after a few thousand people had left Prithimpasa Nawab Bari where the local Shia community arranged an Ashura programme. The venue stands only 200 yards off the scene of the blast.

Maruf, who hailed from Haluaghat of Mymensingh, is Imam of the local mosque and a student of Karmadha Madrasa while Quamrul is a teacher of Darus Salam Madrasa in Sylhet.

Besides the two, police held a woman at Budhpasa village on suspicion that her son could be another accomplice of Maruf and Quamrul.

Raushan Ara Begum, superintendent of Moulvibazar police, who visited the spot last night, told The Daily Star that police and army personnel are jointly investigating the incident.