Highlights:

  • Suvendu Adhikari headed a delegation of BJP leaders to Bangladesh’s deputy high commissioner in Kolkata
  • The Bangladesh government had issued an investigation into the matter
  • Trinamool Congress (TMC) have also condemned the communal violence aiming the Bengali Hindus

Suvendu Adhikari, leader of BJP in West Bengal’s Assembly headed a delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to Bangladesh’s deputy high commissioner in Kolkata to raise a concern about the Friday mob attack at the ISKCON temple in Bangladesh’s Noakhali district which led to a death of a Hindu worshipper.

Adhikari conveyed that the delegation expressed their concern over “the injustice and atrocities” confronted by Bengali Sanatani Hindus in the region. The leader tweeted, “We are committed to fighting for the rights & security of the Hindus, wronged anywhere in the world.” Earlier, he claimed the attacks on Durga Puja venues in the neighbouring country as a well-planned assault on the Sanatani Bengali community.

The Bangladesh government had issued an investigation into the matter. Nevertheless, ISKCON authorities demanded intervention by the United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres on Sunday. The attack on the ISKCON temple at Noakhali is the latest in a series of attacks on Hindu religious places in Bangladesh during Durga Puja festivities.

The BJP spokesperson in West Bengal, Samik Bhattacharya blamed the Sheikh Hasina government for inaction. He voiced, “Such incidents of atrocities on Hindus have increased over the past few months. The government remained a mute spectator.” The BJP organised processions in multiple districts of West Bengal to protest against the attacks on Hindu temples and minorities in the neighbouring country.

In addition, Trinamool Congress (TMC) has also condemned the communal violence aimed at the Bengali Hindus. Kunal Ghosh, TMC’s general secretary and spokesperson noted, “Serious allegations of vandalism of Durga Puja pandals have poured in from Bangladesh. This is worrisome. It should be investigated. If it is found to be true, the Bangladesh government should take action.”

Radharamn Das, who is the Vice President of the ISKCON temple which was vandalised last Friday asserted that two of the temple devotees, Jatan Kumar Saha and Partha Das were killed and nearly 20 other individuals were also injured.

The temple authorities had narrated that a mob first destroyed a Durga Puja pandal before attacking the worshippers in the adjacent temple. Reportedly, the idol of Srila Prabhupada, who is the founder of ISKCON, was allegedly desecrated and books were put on fire.

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