India’s neighbouring country, Bangladesh has been suffering from massive communal violence for the past couple of days. Hindus being killed in communal violence is indeed a cause of concern.
After video footage emerged of a Quran being placed on the knee of a Hindu god during Durga Puja celebrations; protests had erupted. The minority community in Bangladesh makes up about 10% of the population.
According to the police, the latest violence occurred in the southern town of Begumganj when hundreds of Muslims formed a street procession after Friday prayers on the final day of Durga Puja, the Dashami.
Over 200 protesters attacked a temple where members of the Hindu community were preparing to perform the last rites of the 10-day festival, local police station chief Shah Imran told the media.
“ISKCON temple & devotees were violently attacked today by a mob in Noakhali, Bangladesh. Temple suffered significant damage & the condition of a devotee remains critical. We call on the Govt of Bangladesh to ensure the safety of all Hindus & bring the perpetrators to justice.”, reads a tweet by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), yesterday evening.
It adds today morning, “It is with great grief that we share the news of a ISKCON member, Partha Das, who was brutally killed yesterday by a mob of over 200 people. His body was found in a pond next to the temple. We call on the Govt of Bangladesh for immediate action in this regard.”
ISKCON further adds, “Shri Partha Das, 25 years, was a enthusiastic devotee and liked by all in the community. We pray to Sri Krishna to grant him hia shelter and prayers for strength in this hour of grief to the all family members and devotees.”
Team NE India Broadcast stands in solidarity with the otherwise victims; and extends prayers for all-good, as soon as possible.