The minority Hindu community and their main religious place were once again targeted on Friday after attacks on Durga pandals in Bangladesh. In Noakhali, the mob attacked the ISKCON temple and vandalized it fiercely. They also beat up the devotees present there. The condition of several pilgrims is said to be critical.
In a tweet from ISKCON, horrifying pictures have been released giving information about the attack. The tweet read, “The ISKCON temple and devotees were violently attacked by a mob in Noakhali, Bangladesh today. There has been a lot of damage to the temple and the condition of many devotees remains critical. We demand the Bangladesh government to ensure the safety of Hindus and bring the guilty to justice.
ISKCON temple & devotees were violently attacked today by a mob in Noakhali, Bangladesh. The temple suffered significant damage & the condition of a devotee remains critical.
We call on the Govt of Bangladesh to ensure the safety of all Hindus & bring the perpetrators to justice. pic.twitter.com/ZpHtB48lZi
— ISKCON (@iskcon) October 15, 2021
The vandalism of the ISKCON temple comes at a time when Durga pandals have been attacked at several places in Bangladesh this week, in which at least four people are reported to have been killed. Durga idols were vandalized in many pandals. Meanwhile, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has spoken of strict action against those who spread violence in Kamila city during Durga Puja. He said that those who perpetrated this violence would be traced and severely punished.
Some unidentified Muslim miscreants damaged some Hindu temples during Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh, forcing the government to deploy paramilitary forces in 22 districts. According to reports, three people were killed on Wednesday during a clash between police and Muslim miscreants in Hajiganj sub-district of Chandpur bordering Kamila, while another person died later. Authorities have banned rallies in Hajiganj, where authorities have confirmed four people were shot dead. About 10 percent of the population of 169 million in Muslim-majority Bangladesh is Hindu. There have been incidents of sporadic violence in the past few years, mostly due to rumor mongering through social media.