Bangladesh: 58 suspects arrested over torching of Hindu properties

Untold India October 25, 2021

DHAKA, Bangladesh: Bangladeshi police have arrested 58 suspects accused of involvement with or organizing the torching of dozens of Hindu houses and properties last week. “To date we have arrested 58 suspects, and four of them have already issued confessional statements admitting their involvement with the crime,” Biplob Kumar Sarkar, superintendent of police in the northern district of Rangpur, where the incident took place, told reporters. He added that police would continue to investigate the case, saying: “Of the detained, 37 are still on a three-day remand for further interrogation.” Tensions flared in Rangpur following an alleged defamatory social media post last Sunday by a local Hindu, Paritosh Sarkar, insulting the Muslim holy site of Kaaba, Mecca. Sarkar was later arrested. Meanwhile, with the help of the government and some other welfare organizations and individuals, the Hindu victims have returned to their residences, as the damaged houses have been repaired along with food and financial aid. Days earlier, sectarian violence spread across the country after the alleged desecration of the Muslims’ holy book the Quran at a Hindu festival on Oct. 13, leaving at least five dead and over 100 injured.-AA

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Turkey to expel U.S. envoy and nine others, Erdogan says

Untold India October 24, 2021

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he instructed Foreign Minister to declare the Ambassadors of 10 countries, including the US, Germany and France, as “persona non grata” after they made a joint statement for the release of a jailed businessman. “I gave the necessary order to our foreign minister. I said what must be done. These 10 Ambassadors must be declared persona non grata. You will sort out immediately,” Xinhua news agency quoted the President as saying on Saturday. On October 19, the Foreign Ministry summoned the Ambassadors over a joint statement calling for the release of activist and businessman Osman Kavala. In a joint statement a day earlier, the Ambassadors said: “Together, the embassies of Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United States of America believe a just and speedy resolution to his case must be in line with Turkey’s international obligations and domestic laws. “Noting the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights on the matter, we call for Turkey to secure his urgent release.” Kavala was acquitted in 2020 of charges related to nationwide Gezi protests in 2013. But his ruling was overturned and was combined with a probe into a coup attempt in 2016 on the accusation of spying. Erdogan earlier accused Kavala of being the “Turkish leg” of US billionaire philanthropist George Soros. -IANS

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