Bangladesh Durga Puja Attack 2021

Bangladesh Durga Puja Attack 2021 | Communal violence leads to disaster

Bangladesh Durga Puja Attack 2021 news: During the Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh last week, at least six people were killed and hundreds were injured in communal violence and mayhem. Several cases of unidentified Muslim males attacking minority populations’ houses of worship have been recorded around the country.

According to PTI, the violence began with an alleged blasphemy incident at a Durga Puja pavilion in Cumilla, near Chandpur and approximately 100 kilometres from Dhaka, prompting the deployment of paramilitary troops in more than half of the administrative districts.

Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, pledged to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice, vowing that no one will be spared for the attacks on Hindu temples and Durga Puja sites.

Tensions in the country rose on Wednesday when widely circulated social media film reported a blasphemy incident during Durga Puja celebrations in Cumilla’s eastern region.

According to bdnews24.com, vandalism has been recorded at Hindu temples in Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali, and Cox’s Bazar’s Pekua.

According to the Dhaka Tribune, the situation spiralled out of control at one point, and rioting extended to a number of Durga Puja sites.

According to the report, the local government and police were attacked while attempting to preserve law and order.

More attacks and demonstrations are expected.

An ISKCON temple was vandalised on Thursday (October 14), and a devotee was murdered by a mob in an attempt to inflame communal tensions across the country.

According to The Indian Express, the attack on the ISKCON temple in Noakhali stunned the local Hindu population, prompting public demonstrations.

According to sources, the possibility of Islamic extremist organisations in Bangladesh instigating unrest and causing communal violence between the two populations is being looked into.

On Friday, intermittent attacks and vandalism were recorded, according to PTI, with officials in the Noakhali area issuing prohibitory orders prohibiting public gatherings from dawn to nightfall. Thousands of Muslims fought with police in Dhaka following the major Friday prayers, according to the Associated Press.

According to sources, the possibility of Islamic extremist organisations in Bangladesh instigating unrest and causing communal violence between the two populations is being looked into.

On Friday, intermittent attacks and vandalism were recorded, according to PTI, with officials in the Noakhali area issuing prohibitory orders prohibiting public gatherings from dawn to nightfall. Thousands of Muslims fought with police in Dhaka following the major Friday prayers, according to the Associated Press.

Hindu temples and stores in Feni, approximately 157 kilometres from Dhaka, were vandalised again on Sunday, according to local media sources. The confrontations erupted following an attack on protestors who were protesting attacks on Durga Puja sites around Bangladesh, according to the Dhaka Tribune newspaper.

In response to the attacks, the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council announced a sit-in and hunger strike starting on October 23.

The forum’s president, Milan Kanti Dutta, warned that if the government did not respond to their demands, they will begin a more aggressive campaign.

Several Hindu homes in Bangladesh were set on fire late Sunday in a hamlet in Rangpur district’s Pirgonj upazila, roughly 255 kilometres from Dhaka, according to bdnews24.com.

‘I’ll track them down.’ Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiek Hasina promised stern action, saying the incidents would be fully probed and “no one will be spared.”

“The occurrences in Comilla are being properly probed,” Hasina stated during a speech to the Hindu community in Dhaka. Nobody is going to be spared. It makes no difference what faith people follow. They will be pursued and prosecuted.”

She also expressed her hope that India will take efforts to mitigate any domestic retaliation, since this may have repercussions in Bangladesh.

“We expect nothing to happen there (in India) that would have an impact on the situation in Bangladesh, harming our Hindu population here…” she added.

Hasina also informed Hindu community members, who make up approximately 10% of Bangladesh’s 169 million people, that all steps were being taken to ensure that no violence occurred during the immersion of Goddess Durga idols.

The number of attacks on minorities is on the rise.


According to bdnews24.com, 3,679 attacks on Bangladesh’s minority Hindu population occurred between January 2013 and September this year, citing the Ain o Salish Kendra, a major rights organisation in Bangladesh (ASK). The attacks included damage and arson against 559 Hindu homes and 442 Hindu stores and enterprises, according to the report.

According to the organisation, at least 1,678 incidents of vandalism and arson assaults against Hindu temples, idols, and places of worship were documented over the same time period. According to the study, 11 Hindu individuals perished in these instances, while another 862 were wounded.

In 2014, two women from the minority group were raped, and another four were sexually assaulted, according to the report, which also stated that at least ten Hindu families were evicted from their houses and property between 2016 and 2020.

In India, the West Bengal government issued a warning on Monday to its district administrations, particularly those near Bangladesh’s border, about the use of social media and the spread of fake news in the aftermath of the country’s recent series of attacks during Durga puja.

The government reportedly ordered them to take steps to preserve peace and order, according to PTI.

Meanwhile, after allegations of damage at an ISKCON temple in Bangladesh and the murder of an ashram member, Radharaman Das, vice-president of ISKCON, Kolkata, wrote to the United Nations, demanding that the global organisation send a mission to Bangladesh to investigate the situation.

He also sent Prime Minister Narendra Modi a letter requesting him to meet with his Bangladeshi counterpart to discuss the continued “violence” against Hindu minority.