HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The violence took place in a village in Rangpur district’s Pirganj upazila, about 255 km from Dhaka
  • Pirganj municipal mayor ASM Tajimul Islam Shamim assured that those involved in the incident will be brought to justice
  • Nearly, 42 people have been arrested

Today, followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) and students and teachers from Dhaka University raised their voices and protested against the recent attack on Hindus in Bangladesh. The violence took place in a village in Rangpur district’s Pirganj upazila, about 255 km from Dhaka. Several Hindu houses were burnt down.

Responding to the incident, Pirganj municipal mayor ASM Tajimul Islam Shamim assured that those involved in the incident will be brought to justice. Shamim informed that some immediate assistance was provided to the victims.

The chief government administrator of the Rangpur district, Asif Hasan informed that attackers stole cash, cattle, and other valuables during the attack. Nearly, 42 people have been arrested.

Sunday’s violence came after several such incidents over the alleged desecration of the Quran at a pandal during Durga Puja festivities in the eastern district of Cumilla. From Cumilla, the violence spread to other areas with attacks on Hindu temples and clashes between mobs and the police in Chandpur, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Moulvibazar, Gazipur, Chapainawabganj, Feni, and other districts. Reportedly, six Hindus have been killed in different attacks.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised to bring to justice the culprits behind the violence.

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