Bangladesh: Hindu idols desecrated in Tanore temple

Desecrated idols of Hindu deities, including Goddess Basanti

Unidentified miscreants desecrated seven under-construction idols of Hindu deities, including Goddess Basanti, in a temple, Ma Kalir Mandir, at Tanore municipality in the early hours yesterday.

Local people found the idols broken around 6:30am, said Shambhunath Das, president of the temple’s Puja Udjapon Committee, adding that the idols were missing hands, heads and other parts.

Tanore District Nirbahi Officer Majeda Yasmin and Assistant Superintendent of Police Abdul Hannan visited the scene.

Hannan told The Daily Star that police had started investigating the case.

Related: Pakistan: Protect Hindu temples, PTI tells government: The issue of the Hindu temples being threatened by the construction work in Karachi and mobs in Hyderabad dominated the proceedings of the provincial assembly on Friday.

Soon after the session was declared open by speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Khurram Sher Zaman raised the issue of the Shree Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple near the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Clifton.

“A builder is constructing an underpass and a flyover in the area, which is a serious threat to the historical temple in my constituency,” he said. “Members of the Hindu community have approached me on the issue.

However, government officials seem unwilling to take any action. If something does happen to the temple, then there may be a backlash in India and other countries, where our mosques will no longer be safe.”

Durrani suggested that Zaman should move an adjournment motion on this issue rather than raising it on a point-of-order. “You will be responsible if the temple is demolished,” was the PTI MPA’s reply. Durrani responded that he was only responsible for following the rules and procedures of the provincial assembly.

“This will also damage the image of Pakistan,” warned Zaman, who was just as concerned about the destruction of the temple as he was of the resulting repercussions, requesting that the government take preventative measures…