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Bangladesh: Over 60 houses put to fire; communal tension rises

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Fresh communal violence began in Bangladesh on Sunday when more than 20 homes of Hindus were burned down by a mob in the town of Rangpur. 

According to their local Union Parishad chairman, a total of 65 homes have been torched all through the attack.

Police stated tensions erupted after a few people alleged that a Hindu guy published religiously abusive content on Facebook.

Statement by SP

Md Kamruzzaman who is the Assistant Superintendent of Police told Dhaka Tribune “Police reached the spot soon after tensions mounted and stood guard around the home of the young man. We could save that house but attackers torched some 15 to 20 nearby houses.” 

“Tension erupted there after a Hindu youth allegedly posted an offensive status on Facebook. Police secured his home after the post went viral. However, the attackers vented their anger on neighbours and burned down 20 houses,” Additional Police Superintendent Kamruzzaman told the media.

Iskon temple attack bangladesh The North-Eastern Chronicle

No one was injured in the assault and the situation was brought under control according to the reports.

The incident happened in Pirganj upazila 

Karimganj on Sunday night.

No casualties whilst the houses were on fire

The Fire Service said that the incident was reported around 9:50 pm. Firefighting units from Pirganj, Mithapukur and Rangpur metropolis rushed to put down the flames. They are on the scene till 3 am on Monday. There have been no instantaneous reviews of casualties.

This incident of violence comes only a day after two Hindu men had been killed amid the latest unrest in the country.

“Blasphemous incident” in Durga Puja

Protests started on Wednesday after pictures emerged on social media of a “blasphemous incident” in celebrations at a Durga Puja pavilion in Cumilla, bordering Chandpur is approximately 100 kms from Dhaka.

House on fire bangladesh The North-Eastern Chronicle

4 killed; when police open fired

At least 4 people have been killed on Wednesday when Bangladesh’s police opened fire on a crowd of around 500 people attacking a Hindu temple in Hajiganj,certainly considered one among numerous cities hit by the disturbances. Extreme right-wing Islamic Shashontantra Andolon on Saturday took out a procession in downtown Dhaka region towards the viral social media photo from Cumilla, pronouncing that it was insulting to the country’s Muslim majority.

Attackers also killed temple’s executive member

The attackers also beat and stabbed to death an executive member of the temple committee. On Saturday morning, another Hindu man’s body was found near a pond, Shahidul Islam, District police Chief said.

Internet services were shut down

On Friday, violence broke out in the capital Dhaka and Chittagong, prompting police to release tear gas and rubber bullets at heaps of brick-throwing Muslim protesters. Mobile internet services had been closed down in an obvious bid to save the violence from spreading.


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