Bangladesh: 12 Hindu temples vandalized in one night
The vandalism incident has come to light at 12 roadside temples in Baliadangi sub-district of Thakurgaon district of Bangladesh.
14 idols in the temples were broken in the dead of night. Police have said that a case has been registered against an unknown defendant in connection with this incident.
Khairul Anam, an acting officer at the Baliadangi Police Station, said, “On the night of February 4, some unknown persons smashed the idols. The police are investigating the matter.”
Vipul Kumar, executive officer of Baliadangi sub-district, said: “The small temples along the six to seven kilometer road have been vandalized along with the idols. According to him, there was no monitoring system in these temples and the temples they were very small. They were.”
Police officer Khairul Anam said: “These are not big and famous temples. They were built near big trees and bamboo trees on the side of the road or in a deserted place.”
He said that it is not known who broke the idols kept in the temples in the dead of night. The hand of some statue has been broken and the head of some.
It is said that there was no such worship in these temples. In the Dhantala area, a maximum of eight temples with their idols have been vandalized.
District Deputy Executive Officer Vipul Kumar said that in his opinion such vandalism could have been committed by people riding motorcycles at night.
He said, “Someone on a motorcycle has gone out to beat the idols with a crowbar. It’s not like someone has executed this incident in a planned way with a team.”
He said that for the first time such an incident has occurred in this area in the last almost one hundred years. The locals believe that some outsider may have something to do with this incident.
Vipul Kumar said that the administration will prepare the infrastructure so that this temple will not go unclaimed or unsupervised from now on.
Samar Kumar Chattopadhyay, president of the Dhantala syndicate in which the largest number of idols have been vandalized, has said that there are no riots in the area due to idol vandalism.
He said, “There are many people who follow Sanatan Dharma in our area. On Monday the area was also patrolled by the police.”
On the question of who can destroy the temples, he said that nothing concrete can be said.
Charol Area Chairman Dilip Kumar Chatterjee said a temple in his area was vandalized with an idol. But since this incident occurred in the dead of night, it is difficult to guess who is involved in it.
According to him, the people in the area are not concerned about this incident.