Hindu residents took to the streets in Jamalpur on Sunday, protesting a move of the district administration to acquire land of two century-old temples for a renovation project in the town.
Local Hindus and priests and devotees of 300-year old Doyamoyee Mandir (temple) and Radha Mohan Jew Mandir formed a human chain as part of their protest.
Speaking at a press conference, the protestors said the historic Doyamoyee Mandir was built during the rule of Murshid Quli Khan, the first Nawab of Bengal, in the Bangla year 1104.
The district administration wants to acquire 13 decimals of land of the temples and an adjacent commercial building as part of its plan to implement a “cultural village project” and renovate the town’s infrastructure.
A protestor said: “We urged the administration not to acquire the temples’ land on several occasions, but they never took heed of our calls.
“In addition to our protest programs, we will launch a legal battle to protect the temples.”
Members of the temples’ management bodies were present at the press briefing.