Ramu Violence: Another ‘mastermind’ held
AP: People look at a Buddhist temple which was torched in an overnight weekend attack in Ramu in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. -

A team of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has arrested a Jamaat man on charge of his involvement in the attack on Buddhists and their worship places in Ramu in late September.

The arrested was identified as Shahidul Alam Bahadur alias VP Bahadur, 33, also a principal of a kindergarten in the district.

A team of Rab-7 and police arrested the Jamaat man from a ‘SA Paribahan’ bus in Bypass area of Ramu upazila on Monday evening while he was fleeing to Chittagong, said officer-in-charge of Ramu Police Station Gazi Sakhawat Hossain.

He said Bahadur provided chemicals for torching the Buddhist dwelling houses and their pagodas and sent Rohingyas to the violence-hit areas on the night of September 29.

M Babul Akter, additional police super of Cox’s Bazar, said Bahadur was one of the masterminds behind the attacks on the Buddhists.

A total of 236 people have so far been arrested in 19 cases filed with four police stations in connection with the Ramu attacks.

Ten of the arrested gave statements confessing their involvement with the incident.

On the night of September 29, a mob destroyed 18 pagodas and monasteries and more than 50 houses of the Buddhist community in Ramu. The violence later spilled over into other parts of Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong districts.

The violence was apparently triggered following the uploading of a photograph on the Facebook by a Buddhist youth denigrating the holy Quran.

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