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Bangladesh communal violence: Durga pandals, idols vandalized over rumours of disrespecting Holy Quran

Amid vibrant celebrations of Durga Puja across Bangladesh, a string of attacks on temples and Durga Puja pandals occurred in Comilla district, Durga Puja is considered as the biggest Hindu religious festival in Bangladesh. As per reports, a temple in Comilla saw violent clashes on Tuesday between the Muslim and Hindu community, after the rumours of disrespecting the Holy Quran spread through social media.

Authorities have taken serious note of the incidents and deployed paramilitary forces to act against the perpetrators. If reports are to be believed, a temple in Comilla became the flashpoint on Tuesday night for the allegedly disrespecting the Quran.

According to local officials, some miscreants planted a copy of the Holy Quran at the feet of a Hindu God and took some pictures of it and then ran away. Within a few hours, miscreants shared the photos on social media and used it like propaganda to mislead both Hindu and Muslim communities. This event occurred at the Durga pantheon in Nanuyar Dighir Par Temple on Tuesday night.

Reacting to this, angry mobs vandalised puja pandals, idols and, temples at many places, which led to communal violence in Comilla.

To control the situation, ruling party Awami Leauge workers along with the local police came into action and cordoned off the Durga Puja pandals and temples. Later in the day, Border Guard Bangladesh personnel were deployed in Comilla and other sensitive areas by Bangladesh government to prevent any rising communal tensions.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs of Bangladesh issued an emergency notice, which said, that government have come across news that the religious text had been disrespected in Comilla. Ministry urged public not to take law into their own hands and reiterated calls to maintain peace and harmony.

The Bangladesh Hindu Unity Council also appealed for calm in a statement released on Twitter, “We would like to say to our Muslim brothers, please do not believe the rumours. We respect the Quran. There is no need for the Quran in Durga Puja. This is someone conspiring to create a riot. There will be a fair investigation. Please don’t attack any more Hindu temples.”

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