Hindu temples attacked over Facebook post
AN angry mob vandalised at least five Hindu temples and attacked property in Bangladesh after an alleged Facebook post mocking one of Islam’s holiest sites, police said yesterday.
Scores of people attacked the places of worship on October 30 in the eastern town of Nasirnagar after a local Hindu fisherman allegedly posted an edited photo on social media of a Hindu deity inside the black cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca.
Police chief Mizanur Rahman said two Islamist groups had been demonstrating to demand the arrest and execution of the fisherman when a group of between 100 and 150 men broke away and attacked the temples.
A local Hindu community leader said at least 15 temples were vandalised and numerous Hindu idols were smashed during the rampage.
“They vandalised 200 Hindu houses and set eight shops on fire. At least 150 men were injured as they tried to resist the attack,” Somesh Roy, a community elder, told AFP.
Police said they had arrested nine men in connection with the violence and paramilitary border guards have been deployed in the area.
“We have also arrested a 30-yearold Hindu man for the Facebook post. He’ll be charged with breaching internet laws,” Nasirnagar police chief Abdul Kader said.
Hindus make up nearly 10 percent of the 160 million people who live in the Muslim-majority country.
Bangladesh in recent months has experienced a number of attacks on religious minorities, secular bloggers, publishers, writers and foreigners by Islamist militants. –