Dhaka: At least 71 cases have been registered in various parts of the country in connection with attacks on Hindus and around 450 have been arrested for spreading rumours on social media. According to the Dhaka Tribune report, 450 people have been arrested in the last five days for attacks on places of worship, temples, Hindu houses and businesses and spreading rumors on social media amid Durga Puja.

At least 71 cases have been initiated in different parts of the country, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Headquarters MD Kamaruzzaman said in a statement on Monday. The senior police officer said that the number of arrests and cases could rise further as the operation is on.

According to the statement, the police unit is monitoring social media for rumours, urging people not to trust anything without fact-checking.

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On Sunday night, Hindu villagers in Peeraganj upazila of Rangpur were attacked over an alleged Facebook post hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims. The Dhaka Tribune reported that at least 20 houses were burnt in the attack. Police said the Hindu youth, who had allegedly uploaded the post, was taken into custody on Monday.

In a statement, the police headquarters warned everyone against conspiracies to create instability by spreading rumors on social media, Dhaka Tribune reported. Communal tensions have escalated in Bangladesh over the past few days following allegations of insulting the Quran at a worship pavilion in Qumila on October 13, triggering violence in several districts across the country. On October 13, at least four people were killed in police firing during an attack on places of worship in Hajiganj in Chandpur and in Chaumuhani in Noakhali, two people were killed in attacks on Hindu temples.

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