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Rasraj Das freed on bail
January 17th, 2017 at 5:47 pm
Rasraj Das freed on bail

Dhaka – The fisherman, whose controversial post on Facebook had sparked communal riots in October in eastern Brahmanbaria district leaving several hundred Hindu homes and temples damaged, was freed on bail on Tuesday, officials said.

Rasraj Das, 27, was attested in connection with the post that apparently undermined the religious sentiment of the Muslims, who in their hundreds attacked the Hindu homes in Nasirnagar sub-district.

But, investigation revealed later that Das was not responsible for the post as he does not know how to use the social media site.

He was freed from jail around 12:30pm after the district’s jail authorities received bail documents.

He was detained after a Facebook post from a profile bearing his name had triggered the attack on October 30 last year.

Bigots attacked at least five temples and vandalised and looted more than hundred Hindu homes in the district on October 30 after the controversial post went viral on Facebook.

District Judge Md Ismail Hossain granted him bail Monday more than two months after the bail petition was filed.

Lawyer Nasir Mia said there was no evidence that Das had posted any photograph on Facebook that hurt religious sentiments.

Police arrested nearly 100 people, including local leaders of the ruling Awami League, for instigating the riot.