- Conflict started in Bangladesh.
- Attacks continue in various places.
- Police say 300 people have been arrested so far.
Efforts to contain the clashes are continuing and so far 300 people have been arrested, police said. He said the current conflict was deliberately organized with the aim of destroying religious harmony in the country Bangladesh Home Minister Asad Usaiman Khan had said yesterday. He said cases had been registered against more than 4,000 people.
The clashes in western Bangladesh began with the release of a video of the Qur’an being placed in front of a Durga shrine during a Durga Puja celebration in the eastern district of Kumila. Angry mobs attacked Hindu temples and set them on fire. Widespread clashes were reported in Chandpur, Chittagong, Gazipur, Bandarban and Moulavi Bazaar.
An executive member of a temple committee in the southern city of Begumganj was attacked and beaten by a mob. The body of a Hindu man was found near a pond near the temple on Saturday morning, district police chief Shahidul Islam told AFP. He said two deaths had occurred and efforts to find the culprits were ongoing.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Wednesday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a crowd of about 500 people. Four people were killed in the shooting. Attacks continue to be high in the capital Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong. The news comes out that the police have used tears and rubber bullets to dismiss the protesters. The high-speed internet system in the country has been cut off to prevent the spread of violence.
Bangladeshi media reported that protesters set fire to 20 houses of Hindus in the Pirganj area of Rangpur city. The police officer quoted a threat to a Hindu youth in Facebook to insult his faith in Facebook.
The pandals and temples where Durga Puja was performed were attacked. Foreign media quoted Bangladeshi media as saying that Hindu shops and businesses had been vandalized. Tens of thousands of protesters are reported to be active in various parts of the country.
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