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BGB troopers deployed in 22 districts after attacks on Hindu temples

  • Published at 01:36 pm October 14th, 2021
File photo of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members Dhaka Tribune

The move comes after a social media storm sparked communal violence in Comilla following reports of attacks on Hindu temples from other places

The government has deployed troopers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in 22 districts after attacks on Hindu temples during the Durga Puja celebrations sparked by social media storm.

BGB personnel have been deployed to ensure security during Durga Puja at the request of deputy commissioners and under instructions from the home ministry, a media statement on Thursday quoted Lt Colonel Faizur Rahman, the BGB director of operations.

The 22 districts include Comilla, Narsingdi and Munshiganj, it said, before adding troops will also be deployed in capital Dhaka if the authorities ask for.

Also Read - Deaths reported following attack in Chandpur temple

Rapid Action Battalion troops patrol near a vandalized Durga Puja venue to avoid communal violence in Comilla town on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Dhaka TribuneOn Wednesday, tensions erupted among a faction of locals in Comilla after news broke on social media about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja venue on the bank of Nanuar Dighi.

Also Read - Communal violence in Comilla: Additional lawmen on the ground to avoid further unrest

At one stage, the situation began getting out of hand and riots started spreading to a number of puja venues in the adjacent areas. The local administration and police came under attack when trying to bring order, reports our correspondent.

Later in the afternoon, RAB and BGB troops were deployed to bring the situation under control.

Crowd in front of the Lakshmi Narayan Akhra temple in the Chandpur’s Hajiganj upazila on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

In an emergency notice later in the day, the Religious Affairs Ministry said it had come across news that the central religious text of Islam had been 'disrespected' in Comilla.

But it urged the people not to take the law into their own hands over the incident and reiterated calls to maintain communal harmony and peace.

Following the incident in Comilla, vandalism has also been reported at temples in Chandpur and Chittagong.

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