Reports say tension was mounting at the post after Jum’a prayers on Friday, a group of Muslims demonstrated outside their home in the afternoon. They attacked the houses later.

A mob reportedly attacked a Hindu temple and vandalized several houses belonging to the Hindu community in the Narail district of Bangladesh. The violence in Dighalia Upazila took place on Friday night over a young Hindu boy’s Facebook post, local media reported.

Dhaka Grandstand reported that the crowd has groceries and several houses of the Hindu community.

Angry villagers alleged the boy had hurt their religious feelings with his social media post.

Reports say tension was mounting at the post after Jum’a prayers on Friday, a group of Muslims demonstrated outside their home in the afternoon. They attacked the houses later.

The mob also broke into the Sahapara temple and smashed the furniture inside and vandalized several shops.

Lohagarh Police Station Inspector Naran Chandra Pal said the incident caused extreme tension in the area. Police had to fire warning shots to disperse the crowd, police inspector Haran Chandra Paul said.

Narail Police Superintendent Prabir Kumar Roy said law enforcement was working to keep the situation under control.

“We are investigating the incident. Those responsible for the violence will face action. The situation is normal for now,” he said.

Attacks on religious minorities in Muslim-majority Bangladesh are on the rise, and many of them have occurred after rumors or false messages spread on social media.

According to a report by legal rights group Ain O Salish Kendra, 3,679 attacks were carried out against the Hindu community in Bangladesh between January 2013 and September 2021.


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