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Chittagong puja mandap attack: Immersion resumed after 4-hour suspension

  • Published at 09:35 pm October 15th, 2021
JM Sen Hall
Members of the local Hindu community hold a protest by blocking a road following an attack at a Durga Puja venue at JM Sen Hall, Chittagong on Friday, October 15, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council called for a hartal in the city until Saturday

The immersion of idols in Chittagong resumed after a four-hour suspension following an attack on JM Sen Hall Puja mandap on Friday.

Confirming the information, Ashish Kumar Bhattacharya, president of the Chittagong Metropolitan Puja Celebration Committee told UNB that they have withdrawn their earlier decision  to suspend the immersion upon assurance of safety from the high-ups of the local administration.

However, they added that they are yet to backtrack from their decision on hartal that was announced in protest over the attack.

Also Read - Durga Puja venue attacked in Chittagong

Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council called for a hartal in the city until Saturday protesting the attack on JM Sen Hall Puja mandap in Andorkilla of Chittagong.

Besides, supporters of the hartal staged sit-in protests on various intersections of the city till Friday evening.

Members of the Muslim community march together during a procession brought out in protest of the recent Comilla incident, in Jamal Khan area of Chittagong on Friday

All hell broke loose after Jumma prayers on Friday when demonstrators marched into the Andarkilla temple and vandalized it in the presence of the law enforcers, Ashish claimed.

However, according to law enforcers, police quickly brought the situation under control following a clash with demonstrators, which left several people injured including cops.

Also Read - In pictures: Protesters, police clash in Dhaka

When contacted about the latest development, senior police officials declined to comment on record.

Kotwali police station Officer in-Charge (OC) Nezam Uddin said: “There is a lot going on right now. I’ll talk to you later.”

Similarly, CMP Deputy Commissioner (South) Vijay Basak, who was in charge in the area declined to comment too.

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