Dhaka rocked by second day of protest amid wave of anti-Hindu violence

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Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Dhaka as Bangladesh grapples with its worst sectarian violence in the past few years, with allegations that the Quran was desecrated at a Hindu temple.

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Carrying banners of Islamic political parties and chanting “hang the culprits”, a crowd of some 10,000 people gathered outside the capital’s main mosque on Saturday, a day after demonstrations hurled sticks, tear gas and police in clashes with police. The stones were thrown.

Separately, at a nearby crossroads, around 1,000 Hindus protested a wave of attacks on temples and the killing of two Hindu devotees in another district, where several temples were ransacked this week by raging Muslim mobs.

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The violence began on Wednesday after footage went viral on social media, purportedly showing a copy of the Islamic holy book being placed at the feet of an idol at a temple in East Kamilla district.

Hundreds of people gathered in Cumilla and surrounding areas, and they are said to have attacked 10 different Hindu temples and shrines. In Chandpur, which saw some of the worst violence, the district magistrate said the police had “no option” but to open fire on the crowd, in which three Muslims were killed.

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By the time Durga Puja, the biggest festival of minority Hindus, kicked off two days later, anti-Hindu violence had erupted across the country – with the government reportedly deploying paramilitary forces in more than half of Bangladesh’s 64 districts. And mobile internet access in Dhaka despite the shutdown.

Over 150 Hindus were injured, at least 17 temples were targeted, and at least 80 temporary temples set up for the festival were attacked, Hindu community leader Gobind Chandra Pramanik was quoted as saying, The worst is being described as communal violence. Bangladesh since 2016, when hundreds of Hindu homes were torched following a fake Facebook post that insulted Islam.

Hundreds of Muslims allegedly set ablaze a temple in Begumganj on Friday. Two Hindus are said to have been killed.

Protests also broke out in the capital, where the Dhaka Metropolitan Police said several people were injured after police lathi-charged and fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd, which was trying to break through a police barricade. Had been.

“We ask the government to arrest those who defame the Quran by placing it at the feet of a statue in Kamilla,” said Mosaddek Billah Al Madani, president of the Islamic political party of the Islamic Movement Bangladesh. Punishment “for those responsible.

As protests began for a second day in the capital on Saturday, Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, suggested that the violence was planned and aimed at driving religious minorities out of Bangladesh and turning it into a communal state. Was. NS Dhaka Tribune.

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