Communal Violence May Occur Ahead of Durga Puja and National Elections, Minorities Feel Insecure


By Sangram Datta:

Minority communities feel insecurity following the incidents of attacks and vandalism of idols ahead of Durga Puja in several parts of the country.

Some miscreants vandalised some statues of  Gonseh, Swarassathi and Asur at a temple of village hinganagar Kamanna sarkarpara in Delduar Upazilla of Tangail district in the night of September -22.

Some ideals of Goddess Durga, God Gonseh and others were vandelised by some unidentified miscreants at a temple at Tambulkhana Bazar of Kaijuri Union in Sadar Upazilla of Faridpur district at dead of night of September-18.

A section of miscreants broke ideals of Goddess Durga, God Gonseh and others while the statues were being made at the said area at dead of night on the day.

A team of local police administration  visited the spot and assured to investigate into the matter and arrest the culprits involved in the incident.
In the meantime, Local leaders of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council visited the spot and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in this case. The central committee of the organisation condemned this incident ahead of in Durga Puja festival, the largest festival of the Hindu community in the country.

A group of miscreants attacked at a temple of Rameshwar village in Chhatiyain Union under Madhapur Upazilla of Hobiganj district around 10 pm on September-19.  

During this attack, the miscreants  vandalized some chairs and beat some  devotees in the temple.

This incident has created a panic and anger among the  religious hindu people of the locality and  Many drew the attention of the local administration on the issue.  On receiving the information, a team of local police visited the spot.

The depressed (Dalit) Hindus of Srimangal were attacked by angry mob following a trifling matter at  a horijon palli of Arambag residential area in Sreemangal town of Moulvibazar district on September-15.

The miscreants  vandalized houses and temples of poor hindus and looted their valuables.

It is learnt that a young man named Shafique Miah became involved in quarrelling with Joy Robidas in a few days ago.

At this time, Shafiq threatened Joy to take revenge as saying.

According to the complaint, on the night of September 15, a group of  youths equipped with lethal weapon attacked the Harijan palli of Hindus, entered houses  and started beating the people included girls and women and vandalized temples. The attackers  also looted valuables from the house.
Local  Police arrested Rafiq while others remained absconding.

Meanwhile,   Four temples were attacked and vandalized at village Gurakamandal Raipara  of Naodanga union of Fulbari upazila in Kurigram district the early hours of May 2.  

At this time, At least 8 idols were vandalized by unknown miscreants.

The incident took place about 400 yards inside Bangladesh from sub pillar 1S of international main pillar 929 at Raipara Gurakhamandal border.  

Police, BGB, local administration and leaders of Upazila Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Parishad visited the spot .

According to the police and temple maintainers, the miscreants attacked the Haridev temple in the courtyard of Bhavesh Chandra Burman's house, the Manosa temple in the courtyard of Binay Chandra Burman's house, the Mahadev temple in the courtyard of Dhiren Chandra Burman's house and the Radhakrishna temple in the courtyard of Biren Chandra Burman's house.  At this time miscreants vandalized eight idols of four temples.

Renowned lawyer Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of the Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, said that communal violence is being attempted in the country ahead of the national elections.  

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader in the recent Janmashtami ceremony
said that communal violence may occur in the country during the upcoming Durga Puja or even after that.  Even BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir spoke in almost the same tone.  It is clear that political parties today are speaking in the same tone that we expressed in the past about communal violence, He said.

He said these things in the speech of the chief guest at the triennial conference of Bangladesh Jubo Oikya Parishad at the National Press Club Auditorium on September-15.  

Rana Dasgupta said that he had spoken to the Home Minister that communal peace and order should not be thought of only through autumn Durga Puja.  Let's not create communal violence and chaos in the country in view of the upcoming national elections.  That is why all political parties will  have to come to a decision.  

He urged all the political parties not to announce any program based on upcoming Durga Puja.  

At the same time, an unstable environment should not be created in the public life of the country's minorities.  Elections will be held in four months.  We have been saying this since almost six months before this election.  From past experience, the time before the election was not good for us.

Noted Economist Dr. Devapriya Bhattacharya in the discussion meeting of the Puja Celebration Parishad at Sri Sri Dhakeswari Temple  recently said that the women of the Hindu community in the country are not safe at present.

He further questioned why the country has become so communal after 14 parties  including the party of independence led by Bangabandhu and his fellow leftists have been in power for the past 15 years under the leadership of his leader ?

He demanded passage of the Minority Protection Act in the next Parliament session.
If effective measures aren't taken now, the minority will become disappeared from this country one day, He asserted.

The country's leading newspapers named Bangladesh Protidin mentioned in a report that in the 13 years after 2001, At least 20 thousand cases of minority oppression took place in the country.

On the other hand, The Daily Jugantar and the Daily Bangla Tribune respectively covered a report on minorities as saying that human rights organization named Ain O Salish Kendra   (ASK), At least 3679 attacks on Hindus happened in 9 years from 2013 to September 2021.  Among them, About 1551 houses were vandalized and set on fire.

During this time  at least 442 business establishments of Hindus were attacked, vandalized and set on fire.  

About 1678 incidents of vandalism and arson occurred in idols, pujamandap ( Places of Worship) and temples.

Leaders of both the Awami League and the opposition BNP have blamed each other for attacks on temples and business establishments of minorities in the past, it's observed.

In fact, there was no true trial of any incident.  As a result, the minority community is living in insecurity and they fear that various types of violence may occur a head of Durga Puja and national elections.

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