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Hindu idol vandalized in Rangpur

Perpetrators yet to be identified

Update : 31 Oct 2022, 11:57 PM

A group of unidentified miscreants vandalized Hindu idols of Shahid Bagh central crematorium and Kali temple in Kaunia upazila of Rangpur. 

The incident took place on Sunday night, confirmed Kaunia police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Montaser Billah. 

The local Hindu community informed the police on Monday when they saw the head of the Kali idol missing. 

On information, Kaunia Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Tahmina Tarin, Kaunia police station OC Montaser Billah, officers from various law enforcement agencies visited the spot. Later, crime scene team of Rangpur district CID came to the temple premises and collected evidences. 

Later in the afternoon, Rangpur District Commissioner Md Asib Ahsan, District Police Superintendent Md Ferdous Ali Chowdhury, Kaunia Upazila Parishad Chairman Anwarul Islam, Upazila Parishad Vice Chairman Abdur Razzak, Shahid Bagh Union Parishad Chairman Abdul Hannan visited the scene.

In this regard, General Secretary of Kaunia Upazila Branch of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, Abhay Chandra Barman said that those who vandalized the Kali idol are demanded to be brought under the law. However, he called on the administration not to harass common people.  

Kaunia police station OC Montaser Billah said that no one has been arrested in the incident until the report was written at 8:30pm. However, preparations are underway to file a case, he added. 

Rangpur District Superintendent of Police Md Ferdous Ali Chowdhury said that several police agencies have taken the matter seriously and working on the matter. He expressed hope that it would be possible to identify those involved in the incident and bring them under the law in a short time.

Deputy Commissioner Md Asib Ahsan said: “This is a disgraceful act. The people in this area are very peaceful. Those who try to destroy communal harmony will be brought under the law. Besides, measures will be taken to replace the idol as soon as possible.”

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