Mob burns down 20 Hindu homes in Bangladesh's Rangpur: Report

Mob burns down 20 Hindu homes in Bangladesh’s Rangpur: Report

NEW DELHI: Fresh communal violence was reported in Bangladesh on Sunday when more than 20 houses of Hindus were burned down by a mob in the city Rangpur.
As per a news report, the incident followed a rumour after a Hindu youth allegedly posted a status on Facebook – hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.
“Tension erupted there after a Hindu youth allegedly posted an offensive status on Facebook. Police secured his home after the post went viral. However, the attackers vented their anger on neighbours and burned down 20 houses,” Additional Police Superintendent Kamruzzaman told media.
No one was injured during the attack and the situation was brought under control, the report added.
The incident took place in Pirganj upazila’s Karimganj on Sunday night.
This incident of violence comes just a day after two Hindu men were killed amid the recent unrest in the country.
Protests began on Wednesday after footage emerged on social media of a “blasphemous incident” during celebrations at a Durga Puja pavilion in Cumilla, bordering Chandpur and about 100 kms from Dhaka.
At least four people were killed on Wednesday when police opened fire on a crowd of around 500 people attacking a Hindu temple in Hajiganj, one of several towns hit by the disturbances. Extreme right-wing Islamic Shashontantra Andolon on Saturday took out a procession in downtown Dhaka area against the viral social media image from Cumilla, saying it was insulting to the country’s Muslim majority.
The attackers beat and stabbed to death an executive member of the temple committee. On Saturday morning, another Hindu man’s body was found near a pond, district police chief Shahidul Islam said.
On Friday, violence broke out in the capital Dhaka and Chittagong, prompting police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of brick-throwing Muslim protesters. Highspeed mobile phone internet services were shut down in an apparent bid to prevent the violence from spreading.
(With inputs from Agencies)

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