Over 60 houses of the Hindu community were torched by a group of people in Bangladesh’s Rangpur city late Sunday.
As per reports, the attack was over a post on social media that allegedly dishonored religion.
According to the local Union Parishad chairman, some 65 houses were torched during the attack. Out of these, 20 houses were completely gutted in the fire.
“They attacker belonged to the local units of the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir,” Chairman Md Sadequl Islam told Dhaka Tribune.
Police said tensions erupted after some people alleged that a Hindu man posted religiously abusive content on Facebook.
“Police reached the spot soon after tensions mounted and stood guard around the home of the young man. We could save that house but attackers torched some 15 to 20 nearby houses,” Assistant Superintendent of Police Md Kamruzzaman told Dhaka Tribune.
Fire tenders rushed to the scene upon receiving information around 9:50 pm. It took almost five hours to douse the flames. No casualties were reported.
On Wednesday, communal violence broke out in several places in Bangladesh after news broke on social media about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja venue on the bank of Nanuar Dighi.
Several puja venues were vandalized in the area of Chandpur, Chittagong, Gazipur, Bandarban, Chapainawabganj and Moulvibazar. The clashes resulted in several casualties.
On Friday, one man named Jatan Kumar Saha was killed and 17 others were injured in an attack in Begumganj Upazila of Bangladesh’s Noakhali district.
Also, a mob attacked an ISKCON temple in Bangladesh’s Noakhali district on Friday and according to the community, one of its members was killed.