Dhaka: At the very least 4 individuals have been killed in violence after some Hindu temples in Bangladesh have been vandalised by unidentified Muslim bigots throughout Durga Puja celebrations, prompting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to deploy paramilitary power in 22 districts on Thursday and promise to deliver to justice the culprits behind the incident.
A house ministry spokesperson stated that the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) troops have been deployed in 22 districts throughout the nation to cease the unfold of violence.
The elite anti-crime Fast Motion Battalion (RAB) and the armed police have been additionally ordered to be on guard with the BGB in 22 of the 64 administrative districts and elsewhere to include any violence, he stated.
Three individuals have been killed and a number of other others injured throughout clashes between Muslim bigots and the police at Hajiganj sub-district in Chandpur, bordering Cumilla on Wednesday whereas the fourth one succumbed to his wounds later.
Prime Minister Hasina promised to deliver to justice the culprits behind the violence, saying anybody concerned within the assaults on Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues in Comilla won’t be spared.
“The incidents in Comilla are being thoroughly investigated. Nobody will be spared. It doesn’t matter which religion they belong to. They will be hunted down and punished,” she stated whereas exchanging greetings with the Hindu neighborhood members throughout an occasion at Dhakeshwari Nationwide Temple in Dhaka on the event of Durga Puja. She joined this system from from her official Ganabhaban residence by means of a video-conference.
“We are getting a large amount of information. This is an era of technology and those involved in the incident will definitely be tracked down with the use of the technology,” Hasina stated.
She additionally urged India to stay vigilant towards escalation of any communal violence. “We expect that nothing happens there (in India) which could influence any situation in Bangladesh affecting our Hindu community here,” she stated.
Authorities enforced a ban on rallies in Haziganj the place officers confirmed the deaths of 4 individuals in gunshots, including that two others have been critically injured within the clashes.
The police stated that a few their officers have been injured because the mob attacked them and vandalised their and native directors’ automobiles.
They, nevertheless, didn’t clarify if the casualties have been precipitated as a result of police actions however media experiences stated that the police opened hearth on a mob of over 500 individuals.
In line with the officers, the police have been alerted about an alleged blasphemy incident at a Durga Puja pavilion in Cumilla, about 100 kms from right here, after which a probe was launched.
Nevertheless, violence erupted as bigots attacked temples in components of Cumilla, neighbouring Haziganj, northwestern coastal sub districts of Hatia and Banskhali whereas social media was used largely to instigate the communal tensions.
Hindu non secular leaders referred to as the violence as a part of a plot to upset the Durga Puja celebrations and demanded motion towards the bigots and safety of Hindu temples and institutions.
A specific group dedicated the blasphemy on the pavilion to cease the Durga Puja by staging protests, secretary of Cumilla district puja celebration committee Nirmol Pal stated.
The police stated that they’ve thus far detained 43 individuals in reference to the violence. Individuals who posted the primary video on the Cumilla puja venue on social media have been additionally underneath custody.
“Investigations are underway and we are identifying the culprits also using security camera footage,” police’s deputy inspector normal Anwar Hossain instructed the media in Cumilla.
Ruling Awami League normal secretary and highway transport minister Obaidul Qader stated that “fanatic elements” staged assaults on Hindu temples at 10 to 12 locations with a political motive.
“But our government led by (Prime Minister) Sheikh Hasina will not let them proceed with their evil design,” he instructed reporters visiting a Puja pavilion on the Ramkrishna Mission right here.
He cautioned individuals towards spreading rumours to sever the interfaith concord within the nation, including that Hasina has ordered stringent actions towards the communal parts.
“We will remain alert,” the minister stated.
The non secular affairs ministry issued an emergency discover, urging members of the general public to not take the legislation into their palms because it reiterated calls to keep up communal concord and peace, it stated.
Hindus make up some 10 per cent of the Muslim-majority Bangladesh’s 169 million inhabitants. Previously a number of years, there have been experiences of sporadic violence, largely sparked by rumours unfold on social media.