Clashes in Feni leave at least 40 injured

Dozens have been injured in Feni on Saturday as clashes broke out after an attack on demonstrators who were protesting against attacks on Durga Puja venues in several places of Bangladesh.

On Saturday night, the authorities deployed additional police forces and border guard troops after several temples and businesses owned by Hindus were allegedly vandalized and robbed during clashes that lasted from 4:30 pm to midnight.

At least 40 people, including OC Nizam Uddin of Feni Model police station, were injured in the clash. Many of them have been admitted to the Feni General Hospital, according to media reports.

Feni’s Superintendent of Police Khandaker Nurunnabi said law enforcers had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the attackers.

"At this time, the situation is under control," he told the media at the early hours of Sunday.

The alleged desecration of the Quran at a Dugra Puja venue in Comilla on Wednesday resulted in vandalism of Hindu temples and clashes between vandals and police.

Several other districts, including Chandpur, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Bandarban, Moulvibazar, Gazipur, Chapainawabganj, and others, have seen similar situations in the last few days.

Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with the attacks and the spreading of communal hatred on social media. Security was ramped up at houses of worship, and Border Guard Bangladesh troops were dispatched to more than two dozen districts. The 10-day festival came to a close on Friday with the immersion of Durga idols.

At least four people were killed in police shootings during attack on puja locations in Chandpur's Hajiganj on Wednesday while in Noakhali's Choumuhani, attacks on Hindu temples left two people dead on Friday.

The government and law enforcement agencies have described the incidents as “planned” in a bid to destabilize the country.

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