Bagerhat Hindu house attacked over altercation on India’s prophet comment issue
The attacking group was returning from a human chain held at neighbouring district Gopalganj protesting the incident in India
A Hindu house in Chitalmari upazila in Bagerhat came under attack from an infuriated Muslim mob on Sunday over an earlier altercation regarding derogatory remarks by India's ruling BJP leaders about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The house of Dipak Sarkar, 33, at Chingari village in the upazila was attacked around 2pm by a group but no one was hurt as the residents managed to flee, said Bagerhat Superintendent of Police KM Ariful Haque.
The attackers later blocked a road in Kunia area but police took control of the situation by detaining Dipak Sarkar, he said.
Additional police have been deployed to keep the situation under control in the area, said SP Ariful Haque.
According to police, a week ago Dipak Sarkar got into an altercation with some local Muslims at a tea stall in the Kunia Bazar area over the Indian ruling political party spokesperson’s comment on the prophet.
The attacking group was returning from a human chain held at neighbouring district Gopalganj protesting the incident in India, said SP Ariful Haque.
Bimal Sarkar, a 70-year-old neighbour of Dipak, said: “Some hundreds of people attacked the house, vandalized it, and set fire to one part of it. The members of neighbouring Hindu families took shelter at their Muslim neighbour Anis Rahman’s house out of fear.”
Lenin Mozumdar, Biva Rani and some other Hindu neighbours of Dipak said they are immensely frightened since the attack.