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Temple attacks: Countrywide hunger strike October 23

  • Published at 10:44 pm October 17th, 2021
Gazipur temple
A vandalized Hindu temple in Gazipur’s Kahimpur bazar on Thursday, October 14, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Demonstrations to be held at Shahbagh in Dhaka and Andarkilla Chattar in Chittagong

Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council has announced a countrywide hunger strike and sit-in program for October 23 demanding justice for the temple attacks and violence during the Durga Puja.

On Sunday, the platform also demanded reconstruction of the temples vandalized during the attacks as well as compensation for the victims.


Also Read - ‘Temple attackers’ goal is to turn Bangladesh into a communal state’


The council’s general secretary, Rana Dasgupta, also demanded removal of Noakhali’s DC and SP after visiting a number of affected temples at Begumganj in Noakhali.

He said that the Hindu community could not celebrate Durga Puja last year due to the surge in Covid-19 pandemic. They thought this year’s celebration would be a bigger one. 

“However, all celebrations were marred following the temple attacks and vandalism across the country.”'


Also Read - Government on hardline against vandals as protests grow


During a visit to Chittagong, where temples were vandalized after the Friday prayers, Rana Dasgupta on Saturday announced demonstrations at Shahbagh in Dhaka and Andarkilla Chattar in Chittagong on October 23.

From a press conference at Chittagong Press Club, he said there was no reason to dismiss these as isolated incidents. “All of this was planned and the main goal is to drive the religious minorities out of the country and turn it into a communal state,” he said.

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