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Durga Puja venue attacked in Chittagong

  • Published at 04:42 pm October 15th, 2021
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Police stand guard at a checkpost set up following an attack at a Durga Puja venue at JM Sen Hall, Chittagong on Friday, October 15, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Local Hindu community holds protest, slams police for ‘inaction’

Miscreants charged a Durga Puja venue in Chittagong’s Anderkilla area on Friday afternoon.

After Jumma prayers at Anderkilla Shahi Jame Masjid, hundreds of Muslims brought out a procession protesting the recent incident involving the Holy Quran in Comilla.

They separated at one point — one group marched towards Jamal Khan area via Cheragi Pahar while the other group went towards JM Sen Hall before attacking and vandalizing the puja venue. They fled the scene soon after the attack.

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, October 15, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Police later deployed a water cannon to bring the situation under control.

The attack prompted over a hundred people of the local Hindu community to stage a demonstration.

They blocked the road in front of JM Sen Hall, stating that their protest will continue until the culprits are punished.

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

The demonstrating Hindus said the police had played the role of onlookers during the attack.

Police are holding talks with the Hindu community to maintain law and order in the area.

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