Hundreds attack Hindu homes, temples in Bangladesh

Sunday's attack was carried out in a style followed by the attackers of Buddhist community in Cox's Bazar in 2012 on a similar allegation of disrespect towards Islam through a Facebook post.

By: AP | Dhaka | Published:October 31, 2016 5:29 pm
Bangladesh temples, Bangladesh hindus, Bangladesh violence, Bangladesh hindu temples, Bangladesh hindu attack, news, latest news, Bangladesh news, world news, international news Temples in Brahmanbarhia district’s Nasirnagar were vandalised on Sunday besides over 100 houses of Hindus in the area have also been looted.

At least 15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh have been vandalised over allegations of disrespect shown to Islam on Facebook, triggering panic among the minority community in the Muslim-majority nation. Temples in Brahmanbarhia district’s Nasirnagar were vandalised on Sunday besides over 100 houses of Hindus in the area have also been looted. After the mayhem for hours, two temples in adjacent Habiganj’s Madhabpur also came under attack, police and witnesses said.

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Six persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack. Paramilitary Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in Nasirnagar and Madhabpur Upazila headquarters along with the Rapid Action Battalion, police and Armed Police Battalion, bdnews24.com reported.

The district’s Deputy Commissioner Rezwanur Rahman and Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman inspected the area later in the afternoon. But the leaders of the local Hindu community say the panic that has gripped them is not going away. Sunday’s attack was carried out in a style followed by the attackers of Buddhist community in Cox’s Bazar in 2012 on a similar allegation of disrespect towards Islam through a Facebook post.

Locals said Nasirnagar incident started with a Facebook post by one Rasraj Das from Harinberh village under Haripur Union Parishad. Police detained Rasraj on Friday immediately after the allegation of blasphemy had surfaced against him. He was sent to jail following a court order, SP Mizanur said.

Protests against Rasraj’s post were called under the banner of ‘Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat’ in Habiganj district headquarters and Nasirnagar. Demonstrations were also announced in Habiganj’s Madhabpur. A group of madrasa students demonstrated on the premises of Brahmanbarhia Press Club while hundreds of people blocked Sarail-Nasirnagar-Lakhai road by torching tyres on Sunday.

SP Mizanur, quoting witnesses, said a group of the demonstrators, armed with local weapons, vandalised the temples at Duttubarhi, Namashudraparha and Ghoshparha, and Jagannath Temple and Goura Temple. They also vandalised and looted the houses of the Hindu families. Several priests were injured in the attack, he said.

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    CS Kudarihal
    Oct 31, 2016 at 3:48 pm
    Very unfortunate. The Islam and Hindu religions never supports attacking of one religion over the other. All human being are same in front of god. We breath same air, drink same water and sun lights up entire world without any discrimination, then why to fight. Live and let to live others too.
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      Robert
      Oct 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm
      you may feed a snake, it will bite you when it gets a chance. In 1971 Smt Indira hi gave them independence, they could breath in fresh air because of Indian Army, Where were these crazy people at that time. Shame on this community.
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        gopa
        Nov 1, 2016 at 11:39 am
        Congies and commies have nothing to say. Sickular brigade will look the other way. And Amir Khan, and all the other Khans think that is tolerance.
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          gopa
          Nov 1, 2016 at 11:40 am
          Read the koran thoroughly and you will know why Muslims are intolerant against others.
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            K S
            Oct 31, 2016 at 3:51 pm
            And Secular India gladly allowed MF Hussain to paint as he liked. We also honoured him with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. Hey Ram !
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              Ajay Mohanta
              Nov 2, 2016 at 2:41 am
              I guess since Hindus' property and temples have been destro, it must be Ok, no need to make a noise, it should be tolerated, because Islam is a religion of peace.........
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                siddhartha ghosh
                Nov 4, 2016 at 5:42 am
                the MF secus are always dumb and blind on such incidents
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                  Observer
                  Oct 31, 2016 at 5:41 pm
                  Muslims have proved once again that they are the most barbaric and savage community who only want to kill and destroy. In this case they attacked and destro houses of innocent people simply because they were hindus. Their so-called prophet was nothing more than a rapist and pedophile who coveted others' wives. And all people who are muslims today don't want to acknowledge the bitter truth that their ancestor was forcibly converted at the point of a sword or because he wanted to avoid jaziya tax.
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