ChittagaonOne hour agoAuthor: Rajeev Nandy
After the attacks on Hindu temples in Bangladesh, Border Guard personnel have been deployed in 22 districts. Four people have died in these attacks while dozens have been injured. Hindu homes and shops were also targeted after rumors of insults to the Holy Quran spread on social media. Mobile internet has been shut down after violent incidents in many places in the country.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a statement saying that no one involved in the violence will be spared, no matter what their religion. The festival of Durga Puja was celebrated in Bangladesh on Thursday. During this, Hasina reached the Dhakeshwari temple in the capital Dhaka and met the people of the Hindu community.
Goods scattered in the streets of Chittagaon after the attack. (Photo Credits – U She Thowai Marma)
Violence erupts due to rumors on social media
Violence spread in many districts and areas of the country after rumors spread through social media. There are reports of many people being killed in Chandpur area. At the same time, the police have arrested dozens of people. Rajeev Nandi of Chittagaon said, “On Wednesday evening, the Ministry of Religious Affairs issued a statement saying that it has received information that the holy book of Islam has been insulted in Comilla.”
Death toll likely to rise
Four people have died in attacks on Durga pandals in Comilla area of Chittagaon. According to a source present there, the death toll could be more than 10. A person from Chittagaon said that houses and shops of Hindus have also been targeted after the violence. Tension prevailed after the attacks.
Security forces have been deployed after the attack on Hindu temples. (Photo Credits – U She Thowai Marma)
The first attack took place in the Comilla area.
The violence first started in the Comilla area and then spread to the surrounding areas as well. Hindu temples and Durga pandals were attacked in response after rumors of insults to the Quran spread on social media. The first attack took place on Durga Pandal in Comilla area itself. After this, there have been reports of violence and tension from many areas.
Police also attacked to handle the situation
According to media reports in Dhaka, the violence erupted on Wednesday and at one point the situation became such that violence erupted in many puja pandals and surrounding areas as well. There have also been attacks on the police trying to handle the situation. When the situation got out of control, the government deployed personnel from Rapid Action Bangladesh and Border Guard Bangladesh.
Locals said that a large number of Hindus were present for Durga Puja at the time of the attack. (Photo Credits – U She Thowai Marma)
There have already been attacks on Hindu temples in Bangladesh
Attacks on Hindu minorities in Bangladesh have a long history. Even before the demolition of Babri Masjid in India, on 29 October 1990, the Jamaat-e-Islami political organization in Bangladesh spread rumors about the demolition of Babri Masjid, which led to violence on 30 October, which continued till 2 November 1990 . Many Hindus were killed in this violence.
Since this incident, there have been many attacks on Hindus and temples, but these could not be properly investigated and the criminals roamed freely. Rajiv says, “I think such attacks cannot happen without political support. These attacks have created a sense of fear among Hindus. However, most Muslims ignore it.
Muslims believe that Bangladesh has preserved communal harmony. It can be said that incidents of such violence are few but through these one side has established control over the other and harassed it.
Hindu shrines and houses of Hindus have been targeted in Bangladesh in the past. (Photo Credits – U She Thowai Marma)
Due to fear, many Hindus are preparing to leave the country.
Due to the atmosphere of fear, now many Hindus of Bangladesh have started thinking of leaving the country. “This is a serious problem because if Hindus leave the country, it will affect Bangladesh’s goals of sustainable national development. The government should act in such cases immediately,” says Rajeev.
The government of Bangladesh has tried to act immediately after the incidents of violence, but Rajiv considers these to be insufficient. Rajiv says that unless efforts are made to increase mutual brotherhood between Hindus and Muslims, such incidents will continue to happen.
In Bangladesh, Islam’s involvement in politics and society has increased in recent years. Rajeev says, “Political Islam and Social Islam have created a situation here in which it is becoming difficult for Hindus to live. Bengalis who believe in democracy are also affected by this and unless a liberal democracy is established, This situation will continue in Bangladesh.”
(Based on Dainik Bhaskar correspondent Poonam Kaushal’s conversation with Rajiv Nandi, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Chittagaon University)