Bangladesh violence: During the violence in Bangladesh, 20 houses of Hindus were set on fire. A group of attackers also damaged 66 houses of Hindus in Bangladesh amid protests by the minority community against the demolition of a temple during the Durga Puja festival last week. This information was given by the officials on Monday.
According to media reports, a mob of more than a hundred people set ablaze a village in Peerganj in Rangpur district, which is about 255 km from here, on Sunday night. District Superintendent of Police Mohammad Kamarujamman was quoted as saying that a Facebook post spread rumors that a young Hindu man from the village had “insulted religion”, after which the police rushed there. “The incident happened after 10 o’clock last night but the fire brigade brought the fire under control within a short time and now the situation is completely under control,” he said.
No casualties were reported but 66 houses were damaged and 20 houses were burnt in the attack, the official said. He said around 52 suspects have been arrested, while a “intense operation” is being launched in collaboration with other security agencies to nab more suspects. It was told in the news that the police was stationed outside the person’s house. At the same time, the attackers set fire to other houses.
It was told by the fire control room that 29 houses, two kitchens, two barns and 20 piles of dry grass were set on fire in Piroganj Majhipara area. It was told that the cause of the fire has been identified as ‘uncontrolled mob’. The fire service got information about the fire at 9:45 pm and it was extinguished at 4:10 am. There is no news of any casualties at the moment.
The incident of setting fire to a Durga Puja pandal in Comilla area was triggered by communal tension following alleged blasphemy. The incident in Comilla area last week led to attacks on Hindu temples and clashes between police and attackers in several districts including Comilla, Chandpur, Chattgram, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Maulvibazar, Ghazipur, Feni. Several people have been arrested for the attacks and spreading communal hatred on social media. Four alleged Muslim fundamentalists were killed in the worst-hit Hajiganj on Wednesday and Thursday, while the body of a Hindu devotee was found near a pond in Begumganj in Noakhali district.
For the past several days, Muslim and Hindu protesters have been demonstrating on the streets in different parts of the country including the capital Dhaka. Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council has alleged that at least four Hindu devotees were killed in the attacks in Chandpur and Noakhali. Meanwhile, the Anti-Crime Force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two more people for vandalizing shops and temples of Hindu minority community in Feni.
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