Hindu temples vandalism
India recognises Bangladesh's prompt steps to keep Puja festival peaceful
India has acknowledged the "prompt" steps from the government of Bangladesh with additional deployment of security forces following the reports of vandalism in some Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues. "We note that the government of Bangladesh has reacted promptly to ensure the control of the situation, including the deployment of law enforcement machinery," Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters in New Delhi on Thursday. He said they also understand that the ongoing festive celebrations of Durga Puja continue in Bangladesh with the support of government agencies and of course, a large majority of the public. The Indian High Commission in Dhaka as well as its Missions outside Dhaka are in close contact with the authorities in Dhaka and at local levels over the matter, Bagchi said. Read: Hasina calls for hunting down culprits of Cumilla incident The Spokesperson said they have seen some "disturbing reports of untoward incidents" involving attacks on religious gatherings in Bangladesh. While visiting Puja venue at Karwan Bazar Media Para, both police and members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were seen while both Muslims and Hindus were seen at the venue together. Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said anyone involved in the attacks on Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues in Cumilla will not be spared. Also read: Cumilla incident: DIG says offenders to be hunted down "The incidents in Cumilla are being thoroughly investigated. Nobody will be spared. It doesn't matter which religion they belong to. They’ll be hunted down and punished," she said on Thursday.
1 arrested in Joypurhat over vandalism of Hindu temples
Police on Saturday arrested a youth from Joypurhat Sadar for his alleged involvement in vandalising two Hindu temples . The arrestee has been identified as Shamsul Alam alias Lalbabu (34). Confirming the news, Joypurhat Sadar upazila told UNB that idols which were being created ahead of the upcoming Durga Puja were vandalised in two temples on Friday night. Read: Body recovered in trunk identified after 6 years, 1 arrested: PBI Birendranath Sikder, filed a case with Joypurhat Sadar Police Station on Saturday over the vandalism naming Shamsul Alam as the main accused. Joypurhat District Superintendent of Police Mashum Ahmed Bhunya said,”Already the main accused in the case has been arrested and others involved will follow him soon. There will be zero tolerance against anything which threatens the communal harmony of the nation.”