In a second wave of violence on Hindus in Bangladesh, unidentified miscreants set ablaze some of the houses and damaged two temples in central Brahmanbarhia district’s Nasirnagar. At least six houses were burned to ashes.
The arson attacks were carried out on five houses of Joynagar Pashchimpara, Banikpara and Hashpatalpara areas of Nasirnagar and one in Chotipara area under Gukorno union.
In Nasirnagar earlier, at least fifteen temples and more than 20 houses were vandalised after a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam sparked outrage in the country.
As per a media report, no cases were filed in connection with the latest attacks.
The extent of the communal attacks has created panic among several Hindu families and many of them have already fled home. Some are even saying they will choose to cross the border if the government fails to protect them.
On October 30, over 100 people were injured as a mob of around 3,000 local Muslims demolished and looted at least 12 temples, a handful of Kali Puja pavilions, and more than 100 houses of the Hindu community at Nasirnagar.
Multiple Hindu organisations demonstrated in Dhaka on November 4 demanding protection from the government and stern action against perpetrators of sectarian violence in Brahmanbaria.
Members of Hindu minority organisations held a demonstration in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka and demanded the resignation of the local Awami League MP from Brahmanbarhia Muhammed Sayedul Hoque.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the principal opposition party in the country has termed the attacks on minority Hindus in Brahmanbaria as motivated.
A report in DhakaTribune states that photos and videos of the attacks and witness statements suggest that some local leaders of radical Islamist groups Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Hefazat-e-Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami, and even the Awami League took part in the violent processions and instigated the attacks.