Dhaka, Bangladesh: Communal violence in Bangladesh has again killed two Hindu men. The violence took place in the southern town of Begumganj when Muslims in hundreds formed a street parade after Friday prayers on the final day of Durga Puja.
A local police station chief – Shah Imran, told reporters that more than 200 protestors attacked a temple where people of the Hindu community were preparing to perform the last rituals of the 10-day festival.
The Police officials have informed that the Protests started on Wednesday, after the footage got viral of a Quran placed on the knee of a Hindu god during the Durga Puja celebrations.
The attackers beat & stabbed to death an executive member of the temple committee, the police official, noted and added that “Two men have died since yesterday’s attack. We are working to find the culprits”.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also met leaders of the Hindu community on Thursday and promised strict action. Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan noted that “Around 90 individuals have been arrested. We will also hunt down all the other masterminds.”
After the Quran incident took place, the Anti-Hindu violence spread to more than a dozen districts across the country.
On the other hand, late Wednesday, police opened fire on a crowd of around 500 people who were attacking a Hindu temple in Hajiganj, in which atleast four were killed.
Hindu community leader – Gobinda Chandra Pramanik told the media that more than 150 Hindus were injured across the country. While this statistic is not yet confirmed by any Police official or government authority.
Local authorities notified that they had deployed extra security, including paramilitary border guards, to restrain any further unrest.
On Friday, violence broke out in the – capital city of Bangladesh – Dhaka and Chittagong, provoking police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of brick-throwing Muslim protesters. Seeing the situation, the internet services were shut down so as the violence is not further spread in the Muslim-majority nation.