Communal violence: Islamic orator arrested over 'inciteful' remarks

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested an Islamic orator on charges of making inciteful remarks tied to a rumour about the Quran being dishonoured at a Hindu place of worship in Cumilla which sparked attacks on Hindus across the country during Durga Puja.

The man, identified as 39-year-old Abdur Rahim Biplobi, was apprehended outside a mosque in Dhaka's South Keraniganj on Thursday.

The incident in Cumilla touched off a series of attacks in Chandpur on Oct 13, leading to several fatalities, the CID said in a statement.

"In such a tense situation, Islamic speaker Abdur Rahim Biplobi made a provocative speech in a sermon the same day."

Biplobi blamed the police for the incidents in Cumilla and Chandpur while making "insulting, insolent and contemptuous remarks", according to the CID.

A case has been filed against him under the Digital Security Act with Paltan Model Police.