Amid ongoing communal violence in Bangladesh, nearly 20 houses belonging to Hindus were set on fire over an alleged blasphemous social media post, media reports said on Monday.
As reported, at least 66 houses were vandalized and 50 others were damaged amid protests against incidents of temple vandalism during the Durga Puja celebrations last week.
The arson attack happened late on Sunday in Rangpur district about 255 km from the capital city Dhaka. As reported by local media, the houses were damaged and torched by the mob after a Hindu man of the village shared a Facebook post allegedly “dishonouring religion”.
Assistant Police Superintendent Mohammad Kamruzzaman told media persons that the firefighters have doused the blaze within a short period and no casualties were reported in the incident. He also mentioned that the situation is now under full control. Over 52 suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the incident.
Bangladesh has been witnessing communal tension over an alleged incident of blasphemy at a Durga Puja venue in Cumilla in Bangladesh's Chittagong division which led to clashes between vandals and the police and attack on Hindu temples in Cumilla, Chandpur, Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Gazipur, Bandarban, Moulvibazar, Chapainawabganj, Feni and other districts.
Also, two men died in the southern town of Begumganj after protesters attacked a temple when Hindu devotees were performing the Vijaya Dashami rituals on the last day of Durga Puja.