Hindu tem­ples at­tacked over Face­book post

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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