Locals of Mymensinghorohi village under Shingherbangla union of Netrakona sadar told the Dhaka Tribune’s Hanif Ullah Akash that they had found the doors of the Kali temple opened yesterday morning.
Upon entering the temple premises, they found smashed bits and pieces of the idols and furniture. Locals found two of the idols – one of Kali and another of Shiva – about 600 feet away from the temple.
The overwhelming evidence of vandalism compelled the locals to call the police.
Sadar police OC Shahnur-e-Alam said that they had visited the site and collected evidence. “We have started an investigation and have found that the temple doors were not locked.”
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Additional District Magistrate Abdul Matin visited the site and said the responsible parties would be identified and punished accordingly.
Netrakona Superintendent of Police Joydeb Chowdhury said: “Our officers have canvassed the site. We are treating the case with priority.” He blamed vested interests for the attack aimed at hampering communal harmony.
In Pabna, a Kali temple was vandalised at Kaji Sharifpur of Bera upazila early yesterday.
Md Moinuddin, OC (investigation) of Aminpur police, said that the miscreants had decapitated one idol, and smashed the hands and legs of another sometime in the night.
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Devotees came to know about the matter when they went to the temple in the morning. Later, the temple authorities informed the matter to the police.