ISKCON temple attacked and devotee killed in Bangladesh; Delhi sees move to stir bother

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An ISKCON temple in Bangladesh was vandalised and a devotee killed by a mob — this was the fifth dying since Thursday — and there gave the impression to be rising realisation in New Delhi {that a} “coordinated” and “orchestrated” move was at work to fire up communal tensions throughout “multiple locations” there.

South Block is fearful over the spate of incidents which the Bangladesh authorities are unable to stop or management regardless of heavy deployment of paramilitary forces in additional than half of the executive districts within the nation.

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The assault on the ISKCON temple in Noakhali shocked the Hindu neighborhood there, resulting in protests on the streets. Sources mentioned the doable involvement of Islamic extremist teams in Bangladesh making an attempt to fire up bother and trigger communal battle between the 2 communities is being investigated.

The ISKCON authorities tweeted concerning the incident, placing out images of the vandalisation: “ISKCON temple & devotees violently attacked in Noakhali, Bangladesh. Temple suffered significant damage and the condition of a devotee remains critical.”

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Later Saturday, it mentioned: “Partha Das, an enthusiastic devotee, 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 to ensure the safety of all Hindus & bring the perpetrators to justice,” ISKCON mentioned.

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Bangladesh authorities have imposed a nationwide safety vigil whereas officers mentioned that preliminary investigations have thrown up essential proof in opposition to the perpetrators of violence in opposition to the Durga Puja celebrations of the minority Hindu neighborhood.

The paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has expanded its vigil to 34 out of 64 administrative districts within the nation.

The elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) mentioned it expects to arrest among the key perpetrators of the violence which occurred within the final three days.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal instructed reporters: “We expect developments of the investigations in the next one or two days.”

Colonel KM Azad of RAB mentioned: “The violence appeared to be part of a plot against inter-faith harmony and the perpetrators were involved in identical incidents in the past as well.”

“We are preparing to take stringent legal action and arrest some of them very soon,” he mentioned.

What is worrying is that the incidents of violence occurred hours after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a stern warning Thursday after assaults on Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues in Comilla.

“Nobody will be spared. It does not matter which religion they belong to. They will be hunted down and punished,” she mentioned.

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