The script has been the same. In Ramu, Nasirnagar, Rangpur, and now in Bhola.
Make a fake Facebook post insulting Islam, hack the account of a Hindu or a Buddhist boy depending on whoever the target is, or create a photoshopped page using his name and then spread it. Within minutes of it, an army of angry people will descend upon the community, unleashing mayhem.
We have seen how Ramu was reduced to rubbles. We have seen how in Nasirnagar of Brahmanbaria, Hindu temples and houses belonging to the community were attacked after a similar fake Facebook post insulting Islam.
In Rangpur, Hindu houses were burned and one person was killed after Facebook posts.
And this time around the same tricks were applied.
We have seen a video clip uploaded by an official of the Rapid Action Battalion that clearly shows how the police were cornered in a room locked from inside and the frenzied mob was hell-bent on getting at them. The cops could well have been dead had the zealots got their hands on them.
Lucky that it did not happen.
A lot of questions arise now. For one, why this latest violence was staged right now when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has started a brave purge on corruption inside her party affiliates?
What are the identities of the people who spread the message? Who organised the people under the banner of "Towhidi Janata"? Who played what roles?
It is important to dig these things out. Motives are important and catching the right persons too.
The incidents also show how deep religious intolerance runs in our society and it needs urgent fixing from political correctness.
And lastly, Facebook's role will come under scrutiny once again. It has become a free platform to spread anything without any responsibility. Had a news portal spread the rumour, legal actions would have followed. But just because it is Facebook, it cannot avoid its responsibility, too.