Criminals vandalised an idol of goddess Durga and torched other idols of Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesh at a 100-year-old temple at Fakirhat upazila in Bagerhat yesterday.
Prodip Bhattacharya, a priest, said, “While passing by the temple at about 8:30 am, I noticed black plumes of smoke coming from it.”
“I immediately shouted for help and locals doused the flame,” he said, adding: “I cannot ascertain any reason behind this notorious act.”
Mohammed Nizamul Haq, superintendent of police of Bagerhat, blamed some unidentified criminals for vandalising and torching the idols. “It was done to destroy communal harmony in Nawapara village,” said Haq, who visited the Zamindar Bari Temple at the village soon after the incident was reported.
Robin Bhattacharya, a veteran priest, said Zamindar Shoilendranath Ghosh, who used to live in the village, built this temple around 100 years ago.
The Zamindar had left the country along with his family members after 1947.