BANGLADESH, March 20, 2013 (The Daily Star): Yet again religious fanatics have attacked temples, houses and shops of Hindus in four districts. Since Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was handed down a death sentence in a war crimes case on February 28, more than 26 temples, 175 houses and dozens of shops of the minorities across the country have been vandalized, torched and looted.
Basudev Dhar, president of Greater Dhaka Puja Committee, yesterday said these communal attacks were demoralizing many Hindu families. “The leaders and members of parliament have not stood by the Hindus the way they should have,” he said. “In the past,” he added, “we have resisted such attacks together.”
In Khulna, over 150 people equipped with iron rods and other lethal weapons attacked Banikpara Pabla Sarbojonin Kalibari Mandir around 9:00pm Monday. The rioters also attacked Gachtala temple. Over 50 Hindu homes and shops adjacent to the two temples were vandalized and torched. According to locals, law enforcers did not come on time to prevent the attacks.
Meanwhile, police have arrested two people, Humayun Kabir, 26, and Arman, 18, in this connection, said ASI Anwar Hossain of Daulatpur Police Station. The identities of the arrestees could not be known immediately.
In Netrakona, rioters vandalized Hari Mandir in Bobahala village under sadar upazila, damaging seven statues. Also on Monday night, vandals damaged four statues of Hindu goddesses at Kripamoyee Kali Mandir under Sripur upazila in Gazipur.