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Bangladesh: Hindu temples, businesses attacked again, minority groups will fast across the country


Communal Violence In Bangladesh: In a recent incident of communal violence that has been going on for several days in Bangladesh, a Hindu temple has been vandalized. Earlier, unidentified Muslim fundamentalists ransacked temples and spread violence over alleged blasphemy. After these incidents, the minority group has announced to go on hunger strike across the country. This information was given in the media reports on Sunday.

According to the Dhaka Tribune newspaper, the latest clashes broke out after people protesting against the attack on Durga Puja places in Bangladesh were attacked and then Hindu temples and shops in Feni, about 157 km from the country’s capital. There was vandalism and looting on Saturday. It said that at least 40 people, including the in-charge of Feni Model Police Station Nizamuddin, were injured in the clashes.

The report said that the clashes, which started at 4.30 pm, went on till late in the night, during which several temples, businesses of Hindus were vandalized and looted. After this, on Saturday night, the authorities deployed additional police force and paramilitary force Border Guard Bangladesh.

It was told in the news of the newspaper that on Saturday, some miscreants damaged six idols at Daniyapara Maha Shoshan Kali Temple in Rashuniya Union of Sirajdikhan Upazila of Munshiganj. It was told that during the Durga Puja festival, there were demonstrations across the country on Saturday in protest against the attacks and vandalism on Hindu temples, while there were also incidents of sabotage.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council in the country’s south-eastern city of Chittagong announced a strike and fast from October 23 to protest the attacks during Durga Puja celebrations. The general secretary of the council, Rana Dasgupta, told a press conference in Chittagong that protests would be held in Dhaka’s Shahbagh and Chittagong’s Andrakila.

Bangladesh Puja Udyapan Parishad demanded strict punishment for those indulging in incidents of sabotage and violence. Its president Milan Kanti Dutta said that if the government does not accept their demands, then a big campaign will be launched. ISKCON Bangladesh general secretary Charu Chandra Das Brahmachari warned that the community would not sit quietly and watch the attacks happen.

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