Unidentified vandals have desecrated 12 idols of Hindu deities in six different temples in Langolbondo area of Narayanganj. The incidents occurred last Saturday and Monday.
General Secretary of Narayanganj Mohanagar Puja Udjapan Committee and also member of Langolbondo Snan Udjapan Committee Shikhon Sarkar has filed a case in this regard.
The Hindu community of the area has expressed disappointment over this senseless act of communal violence. Meanwhile, high ups of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police have visited the area.
According to the plaintiff’s statement, worshippers completed puja [worship rituals] on the afternoon of December 16, locked up the Sri Sri Rakkhakali Temple and went home.
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Idol desecrated and tipped over in one of the temples Bangla Tribune
However, around 4pm the same day, worshippers found that the idol of the goddess Kali has been desecrated inside the temple. They also found that another idol in a nearby temple has also been destroyed by fire.
On December 18, several Hindu worshippers found that idols in six different temples, including Bhairab Temple, Shitla Mayer Temple, Joykali Temple and Shiv-Parvati Moth Temple have been desecrated.
Receiving the news of the incident, leaders of local puja udjapan committee visited the temples and decided to file a case last Monday.
Tapan Chandra Das and Dilip Chakrabarty, two local residents confirmed that the 12 idols were desecrated last Saturday afternoon and Sunday night. Culprits also tried to set one of the idols on fire.
With disappointment in their voice, they added that the Muslim and Hindu communities have been living in peaceful harmony in the area for decades, and such incidents never happened there.
Locals have demanded exemplary punishment of those responsible for the heinous act.
District Mohanagar Puja Udjapan Committee President Shankar Saha said: “The attacks were carried out on temples in Langolbondo for two days. A certain quarter is trying to disrupt communal harmony here, and the desecration of these idols could be a part of a larger conspiracy.”
Commenting on the matter, Additional Superintendent of Police Sajidur Rahman said: “Bondor Police Station Officer-in-Charge Abul Kalam Azad and RAB officials have visited the scene and investigation has been launched over the incident.”
Meanwhile, responding to a query, OC Abul Kalam said: “We are making a serious
effort to arrest those responsible for the attack on idols.”
On the other hand, Narayanganj Police Super Moinul Haque said, “We are investigating whether the attacks are an attempt to disrupt communal harmony or a result of internal dispute. Security has been beefed up in the area.”
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune