Local people of Khulna district in Bangladesh said that on Friday, a group of women devotees took out a procession from Poorva Para temple to Shiyali crematorium at around 9 pm. They had crossed a mosque on the way. Only then the controversy escalated.
There have been reports of alleged vandalism in the houses and temples of minority Hindus in Khulna district of Bangladesh. Media reports have claimed that the idols installed in the temples were vandalized. Along with this, people’s homes were also attacked. It was told that the extremists who came in hundreds in Shiyali, Mallikpura and Govar villages of the district attacked six temples in the area. Not only this, the fundamentalists also damaged the idols of the temples. Along with this, more than 57 Hindu families were targeted. Simultaneously, six shops belonging to the Hindu community were vandalized in Shiyali village.
On the other hand, local people said that on Friday, a group of women devotees took out a procession from Poorva Para temple to Shiyali crematorium at around 9 pm. They had crossed a mosque on the way, during which the Imam of the mosque opposed the procession. This led to a heated argument between Hindu devotees and Islamic clerics. It was decided that the matter would be taken up with the police on Saturday. According to news agency IANS, a police officer said that the incident took place on Saturday afternoon, after which tension prevailed in the area and additional police force had to be deployed.
A senior police officer said that 10 people have been arrested in this case. According to the police, about a hundred attackers reached the village at around 5.45 pm on Saturday evening. During the violence, temples were destroyed and houses were vandalized. Simultaneously, six shops belonging to the Hindu community were vandalized in Shiyali village. At the same time, according to another media report, 30 people were injured in this case. All these are being treated in Sadar Hospital. It was told that armed men attacked.
Hindus were singing during Namaz?
On the other hand, officer-in-charge of Rupsha police station, Sardar Musharraf Hussain said that the situation in the area is under control. Both the sub-district Nirbhay Officer (UNO) of Rupsha and the OC of the police station said that there was an argument between the two sides over the allegation that members of the Hindu community were ‘singing’ during prayers at the mosque on Friday evening, which they ‘ Misunderstanding’.
According to IANS
Rupsha’s UNO said that the ‘matter’ was resolved the same day and that Saturday’s attack had nothing to do with the incident. On the condition of anonymity, the local people accused the youth of nearby Chandpur village of plotting the attack. SP Khulna Mehboob Hassan said that police teams have been deployed in the area and the situation in Shiyali village is under control.