Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strongly condemned the vandalism of pandals and attacks on Hindu temples during Durga Puja celebrations in Comilla district on Wednesday. Sheikh Hasina warned that whoever is involved in this attack will not be spared, irrespective of their religion. Along with this, Sheikh Hasina has also advised India to be cautious.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strongly condemned the vandalism of pandals and attacks on Hindu temples during Durga Puja celebrations in Comilla district on Wednesday. Sheikh Hasina warned that whoever is involved in this attack will not be spared, irrespective of their religion. Along with this, Sheikh Hasina has also asked India to be cautious. According to the BBC Bangla report, Sheikh Hasina said that there should not be anything in India that has an effect on Bangladesh and harms the Hindu community there.
4 killed in attack on temples during Durga Puja
Some unidentified Muslim miscreants damaged some Hindu temples during Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh, forcing the government to deploy paramilitary forces in 22 districts. Media reports on Thursday said four people were killed and several others were injured in the clashes. At the same time, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that those responsible for the incident will not be spared. Promising punishment to the perpetrators of the violence, he said no one involved in attacking temples and Durga Puja pandals in Kamila would be spared. During a program organized at Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka on the occasion of Durga Puja festival, Sheikh Hasina said, “The incidents in Kamila are being investigated. No one will be spared. It doesn’t matter which religion the attackers belong to.
Force deployed in 22 districts
A Home Ministry spokesperson said Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) troops have been deployed in 22 districts across the country to prevent violence. He said that along with BGB, Anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and armed police have also been ordered to remain deployed in 22 out of 64 administrative districts of the country and elsewhere to prevent violence. Police said some of their officers were also injured as the mob attacked police and local administrative officials and vandalized their vehicles.
Rumors spread through social media
According to officials, the police was informed after the alleged blasphemy incident at a Durga Puja pandal in Kamila, about 100 km from here, following which an investigation was launched. Violence also erupted in parts of Kamila, neighboring Hajiganj, Hatia and Banskhali coastal sub-districts following attacks on temples by miscreants. Social media was also used on a large scale to incite communal tension.