Series of Hindu temple vandalizations in Bangladesh, ploy to grab Hindu land says NHRC

Stepping up their attacks on the minority Hindu population, Islamic religious fanatics of Bangladesh vandalized a series of Hindu temples in different parts of the country. According to National Human Rights Commission, the attacks on several Hindu temples in Bangladesh were carried out under a well-orchestrated plan aimed at grabbing lands of the minority community. The attack on Hindu minorities in Bangladesh is only becoming a regular affair with each passing day.

The first incident took place at Sri Kali Ma Chibuka Devi Public Kali Puja temple in Aulia Pukur Union No. 7 of Chirirbandar, Bangladesh where the murti was vandalized.

The second incident took place at the Hat Kali Mata temple in Baideshi, Dinajpur, Bangladesh. On 30th January at midnight, a group of miscreants demolished the murtis of the temple as well as looted and destroyed it.

In Sri Sri Ugra Tara temple and Shaktipith in Shikarpur village of Barishal’s Ujirpur upazila around 30 grams of gold ornaments have been stolen from the Kali murti.

The priest who is one of the oldest in Barishal and has been serving the temple for years was the first to notice that the gold ornaments and crown of the murti are missing. He immediately informed the temple committee as well as local police. The police have taken the matter up for investigation.

The priest said, “None of the temple doors were broken. Also, there is a CCTV camera on the premises but someone tried to disconnect it”. The priest resides in a nearby locality. He had locked the temple gate at night, before returning to his place. Debashish Das, Vice-Chairman of the temple committee said, “We demand the quick recovery of those ornaments and those involved in the theft be arrested”.

Officer-in-charge Ziaul Ahasan of Ujirpur Police Station visited the place and started the investigation. “We are analyzing the CCTV footage. Hopefully, the case will be cracked soon,” the officer said.

In the meanwhile, in May last year Bangladesh chapter of the World Hindu Federation has alleged that Hindu persecution in Bangladesh has only increased during the lockdown and also demanded strict punishment for those involved.

The New Indian Express quotes the federation in its report which says:

Giving an account of alleged atrocities, the federation said there had been a series of incidents in last month like shops being looted, businessmen being killed, land being grabbed, temples being demolished and idols vandalized, families being forced to leave the country and girls and women being abducted and raped…

…the human rights situation is becoming worse day by day in Bangladesh but unfortunately, no one has been arrested yet, the federation lamented.


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