Tension prevails in 22 districts of Bangladesh after the communal violence that started from Chandpur district on October 13 during Durga Puja.
Over 100 people involved in the violence have been arrested. To recall, a number of Hindu temples were attacked in the Chandpur district by Islamic fundamentalists during Durga Puja. Four people died in the violent clashes.
Rapid Action Battalion, which is continuously searching the areas of violence, has found 18 bombs near a temple in Khulna district’s Rupsha Upazila. Lt Col Mustaq Ahmed, director of RAB-6, confirmed the recovery to local media outlets.
Border Guard Bangladesh and RAB personnel have been deployed in 22 districts, including Chandpur, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Sylhet, Chittagong and Gazipur, where remains grim after Thursday’s attacks and clashes.
The authorities had to deploy large contingents of BGB personnel, police and RAB in different parts of the country to bring the situation under control. BGB’s Director of Operations Lt Col Faizur Rahman said personnel were deployed following requests made by deputy commissioners and on the instructions of the country’s Home Ministry.
Over 100 people have been arrested for vandalizing Hindu temples. Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal had said on Thursday that officials had identified several of the attackers.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that those behind the violence during Durga Puja in Kamila city will not be spared.
Those who are guilty deserve appropriate punishment so that such communal acts are not repeated, she said.
Meanwhile, back in New Delhi, the external affairs ministry said that it was in touch with the high commission officials and noted the strict action taken by the Bangladesh government.