ISKCON also urges the UN to send a delegation to Bangladesh over the series of communal violence
A senior Indian ISKCON leader has called for a discussion between their and Bangladesh prime ministers to help stop the attacks on Hindu community in the neighboring country.
This comes after a Hindu man was found dead near a Noakhali ISKCON temple on Saturday, a day after attacks on Durga Puja venues and Hindu homes that left another killed.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), otherwise known as the Hare Krishna movement, is a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic or Hindu culture. It has spread across the globe since 1966. In Bangladesh, several ISKCON leaders and temples have come under violent attack by religious fanatics in recent years.
Kolkata ISKCON Vice-President Radharaman Das later on Saturday condemned the attacks, saying: "We called PM residence and requested his secretary to inform PM that he should speak with Bangladesh PM to end this cycle of violence.
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“Yesterday (Friday), around 500 mobs entered our temple premises and broke deities, brutally injured devotees. Two of them died," he told the ANI.
The ISCKON leader went on saying: "We've written a letter to United Nations and appealed them to condemn this and send a delegation to Bangladesh."
Meanwhile, the ISKCON tweeted: "It is with great grief that we share the news of an ISKCON member, Partha Das, who was brutally killed yesterday by a mob of over 200 people. His body was found in a pond next to the temple. We call on the Govt of Bangladesh for immediate action in this regard."
The body of 20-year-old Pranto Das was recovered from a pond next to the ISKCON temple at Begumganj Upazila’s Chaumuhani on Saturday morning.
President of the Noakhali chapter of the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian Unity Council Kishor Ray claimed that Pranto was killed during the attacks on the temples on Friday.
Local police said they were not clear that he had died of Friday’s violence.
The body bore marks of injuries, but the cause of death can be only confirmed after an autopsy, said Additional Superintendent of Police Md Shah Imran.
According to the police, the mob marched near College Road and DB Road in Begumganj on Friday afternoon and vandalized the area.
A Hindu man, Jatan Kumar Saha, 42, died during the clash and a total of 17 people, including the OC of Begumganj police, were injured in the attack, Additional SP Imran said on Friday.
On Wednesday, at least four people were killed in Chandpur and scores injured as mobs attacked Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues in several districts, following social media posts about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja venue in Comilla.
Bangladesh government and law enforcement agencies described the incidents as “planned” with the aim of destabilizing the country.