Mob burns down 20 Hindu houses in Bangladesh’s Rangpur: Report

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NEW DELHI: Fresh common violence was reported in Bangladesh on Sunday when more than 20 homes of Hindus were burned down by a mob in the city Rangpur.
Based on a report, the occurrence followed a rumour after a Hindu youth presumably published a status on Facebook – injuring spiritual beliefs of Muslims.
“Stress erupted there after a Hindu youth allegedly posted an offending status on Facebook. Cops protected his house after the post went viral. However, the opponents vented their anger on neighbours and burned down 20 houses,” Extra Cops Superintendent Kamruzzaman informed media.
No one was injured during the attack and the circumstance was brought under control, the report included.
The event occurred in Pirganj upazila’s Karimganj on Sunday night.
This event of violence comes just a day after 2 Hindu males were eliminated in the middle of the recent unrest in the country.
Protests started on Wednesday after video emerged on social media of a “blasphemous occurrence” during events at a Durga Puja pavilion in Cumilla, surrounding Chandpur and about 100 kms from Dhaka.
A minimum of four people were killed on Wednesday when police opened fire on a crowd of around 500 people attacking a Hindu temple in Hajiganj, among several towns hit by the disturbances. Extreme right-wing Islamic Shashontantra Andolon on Saturday took out a procession in downtown Dhaka area versus the viral social networks image from Cumilla, saying it was insulting to the nation’s Muslim majority.
The opponents beat and stabbed to death an executive member of the temple committee. On Saturday morning, another Hindu male’s body was discovered near a pond, district cops chief Shahidul Islam said.
On Friday, violence broke out in the capital Dhaka and Chittagong, prompting cops to fire tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of brick-throwing Muslim protesters. Highspeed mobile phone web services were shut down in an apparent quote to avoid the violence from dispersing.
(With inputs from Agencies)
Released at Sun, 17 Oct 2021 23:27:07 -0500

Experts see conspiracy versus Hasina govt in attacks on Durga Puja marquees

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KOLKATA: Experts in India are fretted by the turn of events in Bangladesh where violence throughout Durga Puja celebrations has actually left 4 dead and fear this to be part of a larger conspiracy to destabilise the Sheikh Hasina federal government there.
While the Bangladesh government has been speedy in securing down on a series of attacks that began in a number of towns in Comilla district of Bangladesh, strategic analysts and previous Indian ambassadors feel that there is need for care given the renewed increase of Islamists pushed by the facility of Taliban guideline in Afghanistan.
“This is a stressing development and needs mindful handling. It is likewise an attempt to destabilise the democracy and communal harmony which the Sheikh Hasina federal government has produced,” said Ambassador Pinak R Chakravarty, former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
“A conspiracy by a fundamentalist organisation backed by Pakistan appears. The Bangladesh government needs to neutralise these elements,” he said.
The Bangladesh prime minister has in a conference with Hindu leaders already guaranteed stern action against wrongdoers of the attack, and several suspects have actually been arrested. Cops there have indicated that the spark to the violent attacks, a Koran discovered in a Puja tableau, was planted by rascals in a planned conspiracy.
“We have factor to think that this becomes part of a larger conspiracy by elements hostile to both India and Bangladesh. Islamist forces seem to have been emboldened by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan,” said Shantanu Mukharji, a former IPS officer and security expert who has actually functioned as National Security Consultant to Mauritius.
Bangladesh has in the past punished hard-line Islamist horror groups like the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh and apprehended or gunned down in fire-fights its leaders and cadres.
The Taliban had hired big numbers of fighters from Bangladesh in the 1990s who formed the core of extremists who later on pestered that nation in the last 20 years.
The Bangladesh federal government has in current years also hung numerous Jamaat-e-Islami leaders who were associated with war criminal offenses versus civilians throughout that nation’s war of liberation versus Pakistan in 1971. The Jamaat-e-Islami had actually worked together with the Pakistani Army in the 1971 genocide.
Ambassador Pinak Chakravarty said, “Smarting from the blows delivered by the War Crimes Tribunal, this is their (Islamists) method of exacting vengeance which could destabilise their government and ties with India.”
Numerous analysts believe that these components pushed by the Taliban success will again attempt to destabilise the Sheikh Hasina federal government.
“We need to stress over the future. While Sheikh Hasina has been exceptionally effective in her tackling of fear groups, we must have a program of de-radicalisation for the future and likewise make sure that we comply with the Bangladesh federal government in dealing with a typical threat,” said Ambassador Sarvajit Chakravarti, member of the think tank Research Centre for Eastern & & North Eastern Researches.
Included Sreeradha Dutta, who heads the South Asia Neighbourhood Studies Centre of the Vivekananda International Foundation and is a previous Director of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata: “There is a need for caution and realisation that events in the 2 nations are synergistic.”
Hasina, who has actually been the target in the past of a number of coups and assassination efforts, in her declaration on Thursday too has alerted that India needs to remain watchful and stated nothing should happen in the larger neighbourhood which might affect Bangladesh, without stating what she was mentioning.

Released at Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:38:51 -0500