Twenty Hindu homes have been set on fire in Bangladesh since the Puja violence
The arson attack took place late Sunday night in a village about 255 km from the capital Dhaka, the report said.
20 Hindu houses set on fire in Bangladesh days after worship violence: Report
It took officials more than seven hours to put out the fire
Dhaka: Sixty houses were vandalized and at least 20 Hindu houses set on fire in Bangladesh over an alleged blasphemous social media post amid protests by the minority community against incidents of temple vandalism during Durga Puja last week. , media reports said on Monday.
bdnews24.com reported that the arson attack took place late Sunday night in a village about 255 km from the capital Dhaka.
The report, quoting District Superintendent of Police Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, said police reached a fishermen’s colony after tensions escalated over rumors that a young Hindu man from the village had “insulted religion” in a Facebook post.
The report said that as the police stood guard around the man’s house, the attackers set fire to other nearby houses.
The fire service control room said their reports from the scene indicated that 29 residential houses, two kitchens, two barns and 20 hay stacks belonging to 15 different people were set ablaze in Majhipara. Fire.
The report said that the fire service received a call about the blaze at 8:45 pm and the fire was finally brought under control at 4:10 pm. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The arson comes at a time when communal tension is rising over an alleged incident of blasphemy at a Durga Puja site in Kumila, Chittagong division of Bangladesh, which led to attacks on Hindu temples and vandalism in Kamila, Chandpur, Chattogram and police clashes. There were clashes. , Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Moulvi Bazar, Ghazipur, Chapainwabganj, Feni and other districts.
Dozens have been arrested for social media attacks and spreading communal hatred, the report said.
Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Ekta Parishad alleged that at least four Hindu devotees were killed in the attacks in Chandpur and Noakhali.
Meanwhile, anti-crime force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two more people in connection with looting and vandalism of Hindu community temples and shops in Feni, about 155 km from Dhaka.
Imran Khan, assistant director of the paramilitary’s legal and media wing, said, “He was arrested for indulging in communal violence and inciting people on social media. He was handed over to the local police station.”
In a separate report, bdnews24.com quoted Bangladesh’s leading rights group Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) as saying that there were 3,679 attacks on the minority Hindu community between January 2013 and September this year.
It said the attacks included vandalism and setting fire to 559 houses and 442 shops and businesses belonging to the Hindu community. At least 1,678 cases of vandalism and arson on Hindu temples, idols and places of worship were reported during the same period. The report said that 11 civilians of the Hindu community have died in these incidents, while 862 others have been injured.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised justice to the culprits behind the violence, saying no one involved in the attacks on Hindu temples and Durga worship places in Kamila would be spared.
Exchanging greetings with members of the Hindu community during an event in Dhakeshwari, he said, “The incidents of Kamila are being thoroughly investigated. No one will be spared. It doesn’t matter what religion they belong to.” They will be hunted and punished.” National Temple in Dhaka on the occasion of Durga Puja.