In Bangladesh, unknown persons broke the idol in the Kali temple.
This temple has been a place of worship for Hindus since the British era.
Barring this incident, Durga Puja festival was celebrated peacefully in Bangladesh.
Dhaka: In Bangladesh Hindu temples of the colonial period The idol of the deity was vandalized by unknown persons after which the police has launched a massive operation to find the accused. Officials reported this on Friday. News portal ‘bdnews.com’ Sukumar Kanda, chairman of the temple committee, said officials found pieces of the broken idol at the Kali temple in Doutiya village of Jhunidah district in Bangladesh. The upper part of the idol was lying on the road half a kilometer away from the temple premises.
Kanda said the Kali Mandir has been a place of worship for Hindus since colonial times. The incident took place 24 hours after the end of the 10-day annual Durga Puja festival in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Puja Utsav Parishad general secretary Chandanath Podar told PTI, “The incident took place at the Zenida temple at night.”
Mutilated Mother Kali statue in Zenida’s temple.
Podar, professor of mathematics at the prestigious Dhaka University, termed it as an unfortunate incident as the 10-day festival across the country was not disrupted. “A case has been registered and the suspects are being traced,” said Amit Kumar Burman, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Jhunidah.
Barring this incident, the Durga Puja festival this year was celebrated peacefully across Bangladesh. Compared to last year, this year’s fair was quite peaceful. Last year, at least six people were killed and hundreds injured in communal violence and clashes during the Durga Puja festival in the country. About 10 percent of Bangladesh’s population of about 16.90 million are Hindus.
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Tags: Bangladesh, Hindu temple, Attack on Hindu temple
First Publication: 07 October 2022, 23:37 IST