Reporting on attacks on temples of Hindu minorities in Bangladesh, Indian Bengali Newspaper the Dainik Jugasankha, in its Silchar edition, has pointed the arrow of suspicion towards the incumbent ruling party, the Awami League.
In its Sunday edition, the daily said that at a time when a storm of protest was brewing over the violence initiated by ‘fundamentalist’ forces (Jamaat-Shibir), suspicion has arisen as to who may actually be involved vandalizing temples through arson attacks and looting. The arrow of suspicion, it said, was towards the ruling Awami League. It further added that administration and police officials entrusted with the investigation were mum on the matter.
Gobindra Chandra Pramanik, Secretary General of Bangladesh National Hindu Grand Alliance, said that vandalism of religious places of worship of Hindus was being carried out in the dead of the night in a bid for unilateral possession the Hindu vote bank in light of upcoming national elections.
In this regard, chief opposition party BNP has also accused the government and its ruling party cronies of being involved with such activities. BNP central leader Moudud Ahmed was quoted as saying that the present government didn’t have any issues to speak in its favor. Therefore they created this issue (attacks on Hindus) in order to divert public attention. Moudud further claimed that ruling party leaders were involved in attacks on the Hindus while BNP leaders spent their nights guarding the Hindu community.
On the other hand, miscreants vandalized the Madhobpur temple in Sherpur near the Bangladesh Meghalaya border on Friday night. The house of the Madhobpur Awami League MP, Mohammad Atiur Rahman, is situated near the temple. Hindus have been practicing their religious rites at the temple for the past 77 years.
Temple committee President Dilip Kumar Pal, while speaking to reporters, said, “This incident of vandalism has been created to disrupt communal harmony.” He demanded exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of such crimes.
Police led by Sherpur thana OC Mazharul Kabir rushed to the spot in the morning after receiving news of the vandalism. SI Fazle Rabbi, while speaking to journalists assured that miscreants, whoever they were, would be identified and arrested.
Date: 17th March, 16:39 hours