So far 70 temples have been vandalized in Bangladesh communal violence, 6 dead

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  • Death toll in communal violence in Bangladesh rises to 6, 70 temples vandalized
  • This information has been given by Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha Christian Ikya Parishad.
  • A series of atrocities started in Kamila district on October 13, which spread to many places.

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The death toll in communal violence in Bangladesh has risen to six, while at least 70 Hindu temples have been vandalized across the country. This information has been given by Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha Christian Ikya Parishad. A series of atrocities began in Kamila district on October 13, which rapidly spread to other parts of the country including Chandpur, Noakhali, Kishorganj, Chittagong, Feni and Rangpur. So far, seven police officers from Rangpur and Feni have been withdrawn on an urgent order issued by President Abdul Hameed.

The responsible officer-in-charge of Kotwali, Chittagong is still in his charge. In the Boro Karimpur fishing village of Rangpur, 66 families have been displaced after their homes were destroyed in the violence. The criminals also ransacked two shops and two temples in the area, looting all valuables and cash. Hindu fishermen on Monday said their neighbors attacked them from all sides. Meanwhile, the country has also seen continuous protests against the violence.
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Hindus put seven-point demands in the protest program
On Sunday, thousands of people blocked the Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka for nearly three hours. Joydeep Dutta, a student of Dhaka University, made a seven-point demand in the protest program. The demands included harsh punishment for the attackers, restoration of the affected temples, setting up of a separate ministry or commission for minorities and compensation for the looted shops and houses of Hindus. A five-member representative of the protesters went to the Prime Minister’s Office to give a memorandum regarding the demands. Later, the protesters withdrew the blockade giving a 24-hour ultimatum to meet their demands.

“If the government does not meet the demands, we will re-close the Shahbagh intersection and continue our protest,” Joydeep said. During the protest, Professor Mihir Lal Saha, Provost of DU’s Jagannath Hall demanded, “We want exemplary punishment for those involved in these attacks.” In a separate event on Monday eve, the Progressive Student Alliance held a demonstration in front of the National Museum and demanded punishment for the attackers. Demanded the resignation of the Home Minister for his failure to ensure the safety of minorities and to provide security to the minorities.

Members of the Hindu community demonstrated by forming a human chain
In Chittagong, various organizations organized protest programs demanding the arrest of the attackers and exemplary punishment. Members of Chattogram Mahanagar Puja Udayapana Parishad formed a human chain in front of Chattogram Press Club. “If the attacks don’t stop, we will be forced to announce strict programmes,” he said. In Kamilla, a 20-member delegation of the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Monday visited the puja pavilions in the Nanua Dighirpar area, which was attacked on October 13.

In Tangail, members of the Hindu community formed a human chain and demonstrated in front of the Tangail Press Club and Shaheed Minar. At the Monarchy University, several hundred students and teachers formed a human chain on the university’s Paris Road. Human chain and protest rally was taken out in Munshiganj in the afternoon. Hundreds of people took out processions under the banner of ISKCON and Sri Sri Radhagovinda Temple in Narayanganj and marched through various streets. Several thousand people demonstrated in Lalmonirhat and took out a procession to protest the violence in the town.

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