India has called the reports of violence in Bangladesh during Durga Puja “disturbing” and said the Indian High Commissioner and consulates are in close contact with the government and local authorities.
At a weekly press conference in Delhi, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that India has noted the rapid action of the Bangladeshi government to ensure control of the situation.
Community violence erupted in various locations in Bangladesh on Wednesday after news broke on social media about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja site on the Nanuar Dighi bank.
Several incidents of vandalism were reported at Durga Puja pandals.
“We have seen disturbing reports of adverse incidents, involving attacks on a religious gathering in Bangladesh. We note that the Bangladeshi government has reacted quickly to ensure control of the situation, including the deployment of machinery to enforce the law,” Bagchi said , when asked about India’s reaction to the incident.
“We also understand that the ongoing holiday celebration of Durga puja continues with the support of Bangladeshi government agencies and a large part of the public. Our high commission and consulates are in close contact with the government and other authorities and at the local level, “he added.
At least three people were killed and 60 injured, including journalists, policemen and ordinary people, in communal violence during Durga Puja celebrations in Chandpur’s Hajiganj Upazila.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when Hindu devotees were celebrating Durga Puja, the largest religious festival for the Hindu community in Bangladesh, the Dhaka Tribune reported.
Previously in Cumilla, at least 50 people were injured when a group of religious extremists clashed with law enforcement officers in the Nanua Dighirpar area over reports of “degradation of the Holy Quran” in Puja Mandap, Daily Star reported.
Meanwhile, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a stark warning, saying that anyone involved in the attacks on Hindu temples and Durga Puja sites in Cumilla will not be spared.
“The incidents in Cumilla are being investigated. No one will be saved. It doesn’t matter what religion they belong to,” he said while exchanging greetings with people from the Hindu community on the occasion of Durga Puja on Thursday.
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