Fresh attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh; houses torched

"They (miscreants) fled the scene immediately after torching the houses and two small temples were also damaged," a police officer told PTI.

By: PTI | Dhaka | Published: November 5, 2016 6:03 pm
attacks on Hindu in Bangladesh, attacks on Bangladeshi Hindus, temple attacks, temples vandalized, houses torched, Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh Prime Minister, world news, indian express news Bangladeshi social activists form a human chain during a rally held to protest against recent communal violence in the country, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Hundreds of Muslims in eastern Bangladesh angry about a social media post launched a wave of attacks against Hindu temples and homes in a rare convulsion of communal violence in the region, Bangladeshi police said Monday. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

In fresh attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, unidentified miscreants set ablaze some of the houses and damaged two temples in central Brahmanbarhia district, and several other temples were vandalised earlier this week, police said. Miscreants had set fire on six Hindu houses in a predawn attack on Friday in central Brahmanbarhia district’s Nasirnagar, the place where at least fifteen temples and more than 20 houses were vandalised after a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam sparked outrage in the country. “They (miscreants) fled the scene immediately after torching the houses and two small temples were also damaged,” a police officer told PTI.

Many Hindu families have deserted their houses after the attacks on temples and have taken refuge in other areas. Tensions have escalated in the neighbourhood after the fresh assault yesterday. Police in overnight drives detained 33 persons for their alleged involvement in the synchronised attacks on Hindus in Brahmanbaria on October 30. With this, police has detained a total of 44 people in connection with the attack, Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of Brahmanbaria police, told The Daily Star. Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters yesterday rallied in the capital demanding stern action against perpetrators of attacks on Hindus.

Several hundred Hindu youths joined by Muslims staged a street protest at central Dhaka’s Shahbagh Square. Several political and rights groups also held another rally in front of the National Press Club demanding immediate and stern actions against the culprits. The protesters at Shahbagh area enforced a blockade on the busy streets for more than half an hour and forced ruling Awami League’s joint general secretary Mahbul Alam Hanif to get out of his car and express solidarity with them.

The protesters also demanded resignation of a minister who had earlier accused journalists of “exaggerating” the
Nasirnagar attacks. “Livestock Minister Muhammed  Sayedul Haque was in the area just few days after the attacks while a fresh attack took place after he visited the scene,” general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Celebrations Committee said. The protests yesterday prompted newly elected Awami League general secretary and Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader to reiterate the government’s tougher stance against the culprits promising to bring them to justice quickly.

“Stern punitive actions await the attackers as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government has taken a tough position to this end,” he said at a function of ethnic minority community in Dhaka. He urged the Hindus not to consider themselves as a minority group and said “the government is with you”.

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  1. I
    Nov 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm
    Yet another Hindu rss worker killed by Islamic party por front of India in Karnataka, just 15 days before one more Hindu rss worker was killed by Muslims, these murders of Hindus are HINDUGENOCIDE, tomorrow secular Hindus also will be killed by same mussies, if secular Hindus think they don't care if rss workers killed.
    1. rajan Karunakaran
      Nov 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm
      Condemn such attacks on minorities in Bangladesh.
      1. S
        Nov 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm
        Where is the award wapasi gang and our secular liberal intellectuals? Where are the protests and the speeches ???
        1. Shamsul
          Nov 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm
          The minorities in the Indian subcontinent are under deadly attacks from the majoritarian religious zealots. Last week in Mihan Ansari, a 22-year-old from the Jamtara district in Jharkhand, India was killed for a FB post. Many more have been killed in different parts of India for similar reasons. In Bangladesh, the most secular society in the subcontinent, the minorities are being regularly targeted by the Islam-o-fascists. Most of the times the objective of the arsonists/killers is not religious but as violence against minorities in Bangladesh shows, is to forcibly seize landed property of the victims. By spreading terror, the perpetrators want minorities to vacate the area so that criminals can take possession of latter's properties. We witnessed it during 1984 macre of Sikhs, how their properties were 'bought' at throw-away rates. The heartening part is that in all the countries secular-democratic elements are challenging the religious fascists in all the countries.
          1. V
            Nov 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm
            Why no muslim organizations and political parties come forward to condemn this act of Violence .This has been happening for years together and no Muslim organization has condemned this .
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