Bangladesh: Govt fails to protect Hindus

A damaged room of a Hindu family in Kornai village of Dinajpur

Hindus across the country are still living in fear as alleged BNP-Jamaat men unleashed fresh attacks in five districts, burning homes, temples, and vandalising idols on Wednesday night and yesterday.

The minorities continue to receive threats as well.

Mizanur Rahman, chairman of National Human Rights Commission, while visiting Malopara of Abhaynagar in Jessore yesterday, said the government had failed to protect the Hindus and urged it to rehabilitate the affected.

With whatever they could take, these children, like others of 500 Hindu families, had left their homes to flee BNP-Jamaat atrocities in Thakurgaon sadar upazila two days back. They were returning to their village yesterday on the administration’s assurances of security

At least 19 BNP / Jamaat-e-Islami men were arrested yesterday, 14 in Dinajpur, three in Bagerhat and two in Mymensingh. Apart from them, 774 reportedly BNP-Jamaat men were sued in Rangpur in connection with atrocities on Hindus.

On Wednesday night, criminals set fire to two temples in two villages of Bagerhat and two more at Kathom in Nandigram of Bogra.

Panic gripped the Hindus of Ramchandrapur in Morrelganj, Bagerhat, and in Nandigram, Bogra, when criminals vandalised several idols of Hindu gods before setting two temples on fire Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, continued with violence and mayhem across the country, as shown by these photos:

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After clashing with Awami League supporters, BNP activists set fire on a road in Chandpur’s Ghosherhat on Wednesday

Shibir activists set a bus on fire on Kushtia Islamic University campus on Wednesday
Firefighters douse a burning truck at Tultulipara on Rajshahi-Chapainawabganj highway last night after alleged Jamaat-Shibir activists torched the tomato-laden vehicle

The derailed locomotive of Nasirabad Express almost tipped over close to Halimpur Railway Station in Kishoreganj yesterday after alleged BNP activists removed the fishplates of the rail line

A truck driver in intensive care with 90% burns