Dhaka : Miscreants in Brahmanbaria have vandalised and looted at least 10 Hindu temples to protest defamation of Muslims’ Ka’ba by a Hindu in Brahmanbaria’s Nasirnagar Upazila on Sunday (30 Oct) afternoon.
Hundreds of houses of the Hindu community have also ransacked in the area.
Nasirnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Chowdhury Muazzam Ahmed told reporters that miscreants started attacking the houses in the Hindu community at around 1:30pm following a Facebook post that was given a few days back.
‘A hindu man sets a picture of Sheeb (God of Hindus) on Makkah in a picture. After spreading the news among local muslims they attack on Hindu’s temples’-locals said.
Protesting the Facebook post, a group of people staged two separate demonstrations at the upazila headquarters during the Diwai festivities.
Nasirnagar Puja Committee’s General Secretary Khailpada Poddar alleged that at least 15 Hindu temples were vandalised and looted.
“200 Hindu houses were ransacked and looted,” he said.
Brahmanbaria police Superintendent Mizanur Rahman talked to reporters and said that around 150 to 200 people launched the attacks and vandalised at least seven to eight idols of five temples in the area.
[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” class=”” width=””]Two people were injured in the attacks while six people were detained, he added.[/box]
Police took control over law and order in the area around 2:00pm.
Police officer Mizanur said they are conducting a raid to arrest the perpetrators.
“A group of Hefajat-e-Islam members attacked the Hindu community and vandalised their houses and temples while we were holding peaceful rally,” said Riazul Karim, convener of Nasirnagar unit of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat.
Huge number of law enforcers from different agencies including police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), and paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were deployed in the area to keep the situation under control.
Police and other forces will remain deployed in the area until the situation returns to normal, informed the law enforcers.
Source : ABC24News