In the case of the destruction of some Hindu temples by miscreants in Bangladesh, there has now been a reaction from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. On Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs said that they noticed that the neighboring country took action after this incident seriously and brought the situation under control. The Indian Mission is in constant touch with the Bangladeshi authorities regarding this matter.
When Mantralaya Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi was asked about reports of attacks on puja pandals and temples in Bangladesh, the ministry’s spokesperson said, “We have seen some disturbing news. In which there have been incidents of attacks on some religious places in Bangladesh. We notice that the Bangladeshi government has taken immediate necessary action to control the situation. We also understand that there Durga Puja festival is being celebrated with joy and gaiety due to the cooperation of government agencies and a large number of local people.
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.
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.
According to reports, three people were killed on Wednesday during a clash between police and Muslim miscreants in Hajiganj sub-district of Chandpur bordering Kamila, while another person died later. Authorities have banned rallies in Hajiganj, where authorities have confirmed four people were shot dead. Two other people were seriously injured in the clash, he said.
Police said some of their officers were also injured as the mob attacked police and local administrative officials and vandalized their vehicles. Although he did not specify whether the people were killed in the police action, reports said the police had opened fire on a crowd of more than 500 people.
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.
Hindu religious leaders termed the violence as part of a conspiracy to disrupt Durga Puja celebrations and demanded action against miscreants as well as protection of Hindu temples. Kamila District Puja Ceremony Committee secretary Nirmal Pal said that a particular group carried out blasphemous activities in the pandal to stop Durga Puja.
Police said they have so far taken 43 people into custody in connection with the violence. People who posted the first video of Kamila worship place on social media have also been kept in custody.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Anwar Hussain told the media in Kamila, “The investigation is underway and we are also looking at the footage of security cameras to identify the miscreants.” Obaidul Qadir, general secretary of the ruling Awami League and the country’s road transport minister Said that fundamentalist elements attacked Hindu temples at 10-12 places for political purposes.
“But our government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will not allow her ill-conceived ideas to come true,” he told reporters at a puja pandal at the Ramakrishna Mission here. And told that Prime Minister Hasina has ordered strict action against communal elements. “We will be vigilant,” the minister said.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs issued an emergency notice urging the public not to take the law into their own hands. About 10 percent of the population of 169 million in Muslim-majority Bangladesh is Hindu. There have been sporadic incidents of violence in the past few years, mostly due to rumor mongering through social media.