Once again, we find ourselves with blood on our hands.
Dozens of Hindu families in Rangpur’s Thakurbari village now find themselves without a home, there houses ransacked, looted, and torched.
All because of a rumoured Facebook post.
This was no doubt an attempt by nefarious forces within our very society who wish to instigate violence and to create separation and discord in our society.
The original post also remains shrouded in mystery. The account, which belonged to a certain Titu Roy, was clearly an act of forgery, with the real Titu Roy’s family claiming that he was illiterate.
It is abundantly clear that Titu has been framed and is being used as a pawn to further certain bigoted agendas.
Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened.
Last year, numerous Hindu temples and idols were tortured in Goalanda under similar conditions.
Is Bangladesh no longer the secular and peaceful nation it boasts itself to be, with communal violence having become the norm?
Furthermore, the fact that certain sections of the community feel it appropriate to answer with violence due to a rumoured post on social media is a worrying reminder that we have not yet moved away from sectarian politics.
It is good to hear that 53 people have so far been arrested. But this is not where the real problem lies.
The police must investigate and get to the bottom of this. Those responsible for the original post which instigated the incident must be brought to book.
And authorities must continue work with local communities to ensure that there is harmony between different religious segments.
A country cannot claim progress while its minorities continue to be targeted in such a manner.
It is up to us to show that this goes against the spirit of what Bangladesh stands for.