Highlights:

  • Bangladesh minister of home affairs claimed that the attacks on Durga Puja pavilions were ‘pre-planned’
  • Bangladesh police booked over 4000 people in link with the violence that shook the country
  • On Friday, the violence evolved in Bangladesh over an alleged desecration of the Quran at a pandal during Durga Puja festivities

Asaduzzaman Khan, Bangladesh minister of home affairs claimed that the attacks on Durga Puja pavilions were ‘pre-planned’ and targeted at destroying communal harmony in the country. His statement follows after the Bangladesh police booked over 4000 people in link with the violence that shook the country in the past few days.

On Sunday, the Minister of home affairs stated, “It appears to us that it was a motivated act instigated by a vested group.” He added that attempts were also made to destabilize the country previously through communal violence in Ramu and Nasirnagar, besides Comilla.

On being questioned about the reason behind the incident in Comilla, the minister responded, “We will make it public once we get all the evidence and those who were involved in it will be given exemplary punishment.” The Minister noted that there was no incident recorded since Saturday night.

On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asserted that the violence during Durga Puja in Bangladesh is a part of a systematic attack on religious minority groups. BJP further said that the situation calls for the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in West Bengal.

CAA provides citizenship to non-Muslim who moved into India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh before 2015. Referring to the matter, the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee claimed that it is discriminatory as it leaves out Muslims and connects citizenship to faith in a secular country.

On Friday, the violence evolved in Bangladesh over an alleged desecration of the Quran at a pandal during Durga Puja festivities. Several pandals and temples, involving the Iskcon temple were attacked. The shops and houses of the Hindus were also allegedly destroyed.

According to reports, clashes occurred in Chandpur, Chittagong, Gazipur, Bandarban, Chapainawabganj and Moulvibazar which led to multiple casualties. Police informed that one person was killed and 17 other individuals including the officer-in-charge of Begumganj police station were injured.

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