Bangladesh violence: UN, Amnesty International condemn attacks on Hindus

Dhaka: Another person was killed in Bangladesh on Tuesday after being injured in a shootout between police and attackers at the Lakshmi Narayan Akhra temple in Chandpur’s Hajiganj Upazila. The total number of fatalities from the incident has now risen to five, according to Md Harunur Rashid, officer-in-charge of Hajiganj Police Station, as quoted by the Dhaka Tribune.

The deceased was transferred from Comilla Medical Hospital to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for better care. According to previous reports, at least three people were killed and 60 were injured in communal violence during Durga Puja celebrations in Chandpur’s Hajiganj upazila, including journalists, police, and ordinary citizens.

The developments came after communal violence erupted in several parts of Bangladesh following social media reports of an alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja site on the bank of the Nanuar Dighi.

Several puja venues were vandalized in the area of Chandpur, Chittagong, Gazipur, Bandarban, Chapainawabganj, and Moulvibazar, reported Dhaka Tribune.

Meanwhile, tensions have been simmering in Bangladesh as unabated targeted attacks are being carried out against Hindus in the country, attacks that started in Cumilla during Durga Puja have spread to other parts and there are reports of violence, arson and killing from various parts of the country.

At least 71 cases have been filed in different parts of the country in connection with the attacks on Hindus and around 450 were arrested for spreading rumours on social media.

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