Protesters gather during a demonstration on July 14, 2015 against the murder of a 13-year-old boy in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Photo: AFP
Protestors took to the streets across Bangladesh Tuesday to demand the death penalty for the killers of a 13-year-old boy as anger mounted over the sickening lynching which was captured on video and then went viral.
Bangladeshi police have now arrested five people over the July 8 killing of Samiul Alam Rajon, who was tied to a pole and then subjected to a brutal assault in which he pleaded for his life.
One of those arrested was detained in Saudi Arabia after outraged members of the large Bangladeshi expat community there shopped him to police.
The 28-minute video of Samiul, which was widely circulated after being posted on social media, has prompted deep soul-searching among Bangladeshis as well as a series of mass protests.
Nearly 2,000 people demonstrated in a downtown plaza and at the scene of the murder in Samiul's home city of Sylhet on Tuesday demanding that the killers be sent to the gallows.
"There were around 1,500 people in the main protest. The protesters were peaceful and they demanded public execution of the killers," local police chief Akhter Hossain told AFP.
Samiul's father, a van driver, passed out at the protest and was rushed to a hospital, local media said.
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