Hindu temple attacked in Bangladesh, goddess Kali idol destroyed

Dhaka: Unidentified persons destroyed the idol of a deity at a colonial-era Hindu temple in western Bangladesh, prompting police to launch a massive manhunt, officials said Friday. Authorities at the Kali Temple in Dautiya village in Bangladesh’s Jhenaidah district found the idol smashed to pieces on Friday and threw the idol’s head on a road half a kilometer from the temple grounds, news portal bdnews24.Com quoted Sukumar Kunda as saying, chairman of the temple committee as mentioned.

The Kali Temple has been a place of worship for the Hindus since the colonial era, Kunda said. The incident comes to the fore just over 24 hours after Bangladesh’s 10-day annual Durga Puja festivities came to an end with idols’ immersion on the auspicious Vijayadashami’ at several river ghats across the country.

The incident took place overnight at the temple in Jhenaidah, Bangladesh Puja Celebration Council general secretary Chandanath Poddar told PTI.

However, Poddar, a math professor at Dhaka’s leading university, called it an isolated but unfortunate incident as the ten-day festival was held across the country without any disruption. A case has been filed and an investigation and manhunts for the suspects are underway, said Jhenaidah Police Assistant Inspector Amit Kumar Burman.

Apart from this incident, the Durga Puja festivities this year were celebrated peacefully all over Bangladesh. This was a far cry from last year when at least six people were killed and hundreds injured in communal violence and clashes that erupted during the Durga Puja celebrations in the country.

Hindus make up about 10 percent of Bangladesh’s 169 million inhabitants.

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