On Wednesday (March 17, 2021) in Bangladesh, a Muslim mob of thousands attacked a Hindu village. A mob attacked the Hindu village under the banner of the Islamic organization ‘Hifajat-e-Islam’. The incident took place in the ‘Shalla Upazila’ area of Sunamganj district.
The case behind the attack on the Hindu village was simply that a Hindu person criticized the radical speech given by Maulana Mufti Mamunul, the joint secretary general of the organization.
A Hindu youth from Nawagaon had criticized Mamunul through a social media post. In his speech, Maulana had opposed the installation of a statue of Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman. As news spread about this social media post, a Muslim mob of thousands attacked the Hindu village with sharp weapons.
In this case, the leader of ‘Hifazat-e-Islam’ was engaged in inciting people since Tuesday night and protests were started from that time. He had alleged that communal peace could be disturbed by this social media post.
The police also arrested the Hindu youth the same night under pressure from the Islamic mob. But thousands of Muslims from Kashipur, Chandi and Nachipur came out in a rage.
Supporters of ‘Hifazat-e-Islam’ from nearby Muslim-majority areas came up with weapons. The attacks on the houses of Hindus started from 9 am on Wednesday. The houses of more than 80 Hindu families have been damaged in this incident.
Habibpur union chairman Vivekananda Majumdar Bakul said that the houses of many Hindus have been demolished. Local Hindus fled from there to escape the crowd. Hindu activist Raju Das of Bangladesh said that 88 houses and 8 family temples were also damaged during this period.
How many more Hindus in Bangladesh will cry like this! Where is d end of this torture?
Thousands of Mslims attacked, vandalized & looted a Hindu village in Noagaon village of Shalla upazila in Sunamganj at 9am today.
During this time they vandalized 88 houses & 8 family temples pic.twitter.com/ssIVYD5vBS
– Raju Das 🇧🇩 (@ RajuDas7777) March 17, 2021
Not only were the houses damaged, but similar ones kept inside were also looted. ‘Hifazat-e-Islam’ is an association of many Mullah-clerics, which was established in 2010 to allegedly ‘save’ Bangladesh from the ruling Awami League.
Chittagong’s ‘Hifazat-e-Islam’ organization has vowed to stop the country from becoming secular by changing its ‘anti-Islam policies’, opposing the decision by the Bangladesh government to give equal rights to women.
In-charge of Shalla Police Station Najmul Haq told that along with the police, the RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) was also on the spot. Was applied is. He said that the atmosphere has been controlled by talking to representatives of both sides and Sub-chairman Al-Amin.
The Deputy Commissioner and the SP visited the scene. Officials said that action is being taken against the Hindu youth and it has been handed over to the investigating agencies.
The killing of Hindus and attacks on temples are nothing new in Bangladesh. Such incidents occur every few days. In September 2020, statues of Hindu deities were dismembered in the Kali temple located in the Dakshin Salana area of Ghazipur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.