Dhaka: In a shocking state of affairs, several incidents of attacks and vandalism on Durga Puja pandals and idols have been reported from Bangladesh. In the last 24 hours, over three incidents of vandalism on Durga idols and pandals have been reported in various parts of the country.Also Read - West Bengal Sees Sharp Surge in COVID Cases, Kolkata Police Keeps Vigil Eye on Violators | Key Points
The worst incident took place at Nanua Dighi in Comilla on Wednesday evening where Durga Puja pandal was attacked by a mob. As per reports, the idol of Durga was thrown into a pond after the mob turned furious over reports that a copy of the Holy Quran was placed at the feet of Goddess Durga. Also Read - Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka Secures Spots in T20 World Cup 2022
In some parts of the country, violence erupted after some posts on social media alleged desecration of the Quran at a puja venue. Media reports claim at least three people were killed in an attack on a Durga Puja pandal in Bangladesh. Also Read - Go For Online Shopping, Avoid Travel: Centre Issues COVID Advisory to States Ahead of Festivals
Following the violence in Comilla, incidents of vandalism were also reported from temples in Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali and Cox’s Bazar’s Pekua.
To bring the angry mob under control, the government has reportedly deployed paramilitary forces in the areas where violence took place.
Various photos of the puja mandap being vandalized by miscreants were shared on social media by Bangladesh Hindu Unity Council.
“A scandalous day in the history of Bangladesh… We cannot publish in a tweet what has happened in the last 24 hours. The Hindus of Bangladesh saw the real faces of some people. We don’t know what will happen in the future. But the Hindus of Bangladesh will never forget Durga Puja in 2021…” the council further said.
Prior to this, similar incidents were also reported from Tipu Sultan Road in Dhaka and Kotwali in Chittagong.