Four rioters were killed when police opened fire to prevent desecration of Hindu temples at Hajiganj in Chandpur town in southeastern Bangladesh late on Wednesday.
Police said a mob of angry Muslims, provoked by rumours of the Holy Quran being kept at the feet of a Hindu idol at a Durga Puja pandal in Comilla, were about to attack some Hindu temples .
” We were under strict instructions from the top to prevent any attack on minorities ,” a police official said. ” The mob attacked our police patrol trying to stop vandalism and they fired in self defence.”
Amid the vibrant celebrations across the country marking the biggest Hindu religious festival, a string of attacks on Hindu temples were reported from Comilla, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar.
The attacks were fuelled by posts in
Facebook and YouTube about the Quran being placed at the feet of the Hindu God.
PM Sheikh Hasina ordered to identify the criminal behind spreading communal rumour and to dole out exemplary punishment, said Awami League secretary Obaidul Quader.
” We are going to decide to stop music and miking as a protest but we cannot stop other rituals at that moment,” said Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad .
The District Commissioner of Comilla told Easternlink : ‘All are ‘fake photos’ in social media.’
” So, what is the role of the state, why don’t the administration stop Facebook or any social media to assure the security of the Hindu community? “asked Rana Dasgupta .
” All of these are prejudicial acts, It is the same practice of political crime, ethnic cleansing practice, to clean 10 percent Hindu community, which increased 2 % in between last 10 years, as the government report says,” said Rana Dasgipta .
“It is a positive sign, which is targeted by the communal groups. It breaks the confidence of the Hindu community. We want the responsible role of the administration and the political parties.”
Earlier , local administration in Bangladesh’s Comilla district had foiled an attempt to provoke communal disturbances around the leading Hindu festival of Durga Puja, spreading anti-Hindu hatred in social media. “But Facebook must cooperate with the government to prevent the breakdown of public order and it is important for them to tighten their Community Hate standards,” said Tarana Halim, former state minister of Telecommunication of the country. .
The authorities have deployed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops in Comilla in the face of rising communal tensions in the district town amid Durga Puja.
A local temple became the center of a social media storm on Tuesday night for allegedly besmirching the Quran. As tensions simmered in Comilla, the administration and police moved to calm the situation on Wednesday to little avail.
BGB troops were later deployed to maintain law and order. The Minister of Religious Affairs instructed all to keep quiet as the team investigating the issue.
Lt Col Fazle Rabbi, commander of BGB’s Cumilla battalion, said, “Four platoons of the BGB were deployed at noon to ensure that there is no unrest in Comilla. The BGB has been deployed to prevent any hostilities.”