Highlights:

  • Two Hindu men were shot in Bangladesh amid the violent attacks against the religious minority community
  • Local police station chief Shah Imran narrated that the attackers on Friday stabbed an executive member of the temple committee to death
  • The attacks against Hindus in the Muslim majority nation commenced over the rumoured desecration of the Quran

Two Hindu men were shot dead in Bangladesh amid the violent attacks against the religious minority community in the neighbouring country. The violence evolved in the southern town of Begumganj as over 200 protestors attacked a temple, where Hindu devotees were performing the last rituals on the last day of Durga Puja.

Reportedly, local police station chief Shah Imran narrated that the attackers on Friday stabbed an executive member of the temple committee to death. The following day, the police recovered the body of another Hindu man near a pond situated next to the temple. The district police chief Shahidul Islam voiced, “Two men have died since yesterday’s attack. We are working to find culprits.”

The attacks against Hindus in the Muslim majority nation commenced over the rumoured desecration of the Quran, the central religious text of Islam. After footage of the Quran placed on the knee of goddess Durga’s idol at a puja pandal in Cumilla surfaced, protestors began attacking pandals and temples across the country.

Reports reveal that anti-Hindu violence developed in several districts across Bangladesh namely Noakhali, Chandpur, Cox’s Bazaar, Chattogram, Chapainawabganj, Pabna, Moulvibazara and Kurigram.

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina vowed to impose stern action on the Hindu community leaders and warned those involved in the attacks on Hindu temples and Durga Puja pandals. While speaking to the Hindu community during an event at Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka, she informed, “The incident in Cumilla is being thoroughly investigated. Nobody will be spared. It doesn’t matter which religion they belong to. They will be hunted down and punished.”

Meanwhile, Arindam Bagchi, India’s external affairs ministry spokesperson affirmed, “Our high commission in Dhaka, as well as our consulates in Bangladesh, are obviously in very close contact with authorities in Dhaka and local levels.”

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