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Attacks during Durga Puja “pre-planned”, says Bangladesh home minister

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An ISKCON temple was allegedly attacked by a mob in Bangladesh’s Noakhali district on Friday (File)

Dhaka:

Bangladesh Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday termed the attacks on Durga Puja pavilions as “pre-planned” and said the attacks were aimed at destroying communal harmony in Bangladesh.

This comes after several cases were registered against hundreds of named and unknown people for Wednesday’s attacks in Comilla, Dhaka Tribune reported.

The Home Minister said the alleged defamation of the Holy Quran and subsequent attacks on Hindus in Comilla were pre-planned and aimed at destroying communal harmony in Bangladesh.

“It appears to us that this was an inspired act by a vested group,” he said.

When asked about the reason behind the Comilla incident, the minister said, “After getting all the evidence, we will make it public and those involved will be given exemplary punishment.”

“An attempt was made to destabilize the country through communal violence not only in Comilla, but also in Ramu and Nasirnagar,” Khan was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.

Khan said, “No incident has been reported since Saturday night. Our security forces are working patiently based on intelligence inputs. Those who are trying to destroy communal peace will not succeed.” “

The home minister’s remarks came after communal violence broke out at several places in Bangladesh on Wednesday, when social media reports about alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja site on the banks of Nanuar Dighi.

Several places of worship were vandalized in the areas of Chandpur, Chittagong, Ghazipur, Bandarban, Chapainwabganj and Maulvibazar. According to the Dhaka Tribune report, there were many casualties in the clashes.

A person named Jatan Kumar Saha was also killed and 17 others were injured in an attack during Durga Puja celebrations on Vijayadashami in Begumganj Upazila of Noakhali district of the country on Friday, Dhaka Tribune reported.

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