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Moktadir, 4 others admit guilt

Abdul Moktadir, a key instigator behind the attacks on Buddhists in Ramu, has admitted to having spread Facebook images among local citizens on the night of September 29, police said yesterday.

Moktadir and his friend Omar Faruk, both currently on a four-day remand, are, however, yet to disclose any further details, said Basu Dutta Chakma, an inspector of the Detective Branch of Police in Cox's Bazar.

Basu, who is also the investigation officer of a case filed in this connection, told The Daily Star that police were trying to ascertain whether someone had backed Moktadir in spreading the images derogatory to the Quran.

Police detained Faruk, a mobile servicing shop owner, on October 6 and Moktadir, also known as Alif, on October 9. They were shown arrested on October 11.

It was from Faruk's shop that the two friends showed and distributed those photos among locals. It provoked the torching of a dozen Buddhist temples and pagodas and damage to six others in Ramu on September 29.

Meanwhile, four detainees yesterday made confessional statements before the Senior Judicial Court of Cox's Bazar over their involvement in the mayhem.

They are Md Rubel, 20, of Askor Para;Abul Hashem, 40, of Rajar Kul under Ramu; Kamal, 32, of Paschim Moricha; and Borhanuddin, 25, of Coatbazar in Ukhia.

Hashem confessed his guilt and said there were 18 persons, including himself, who attacked the house of Sudhangshu Barua at Purba Katalia Para.

Rubel, driver of a mini-truck, said he had brought in people from different areas of Ramu upazila. He also revealed the names of four individuals who were involved in the attacks.

Borhanuddin said he took part in the vandalism at a Buddhist temple in Coatbazar area and had also attacked a team of law enforcers.

Kamal admitted that he and four others had attacked Dipankar Buddha Bihar at Paschim Moricha.

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