Two Hindu guys have been killed in fresh communal violence in Bangladesh, police officials stated Saturday, taking the quantity of deaths to six from current unrest in the Muslim-majority nation.
Protests started on Wednesday right after footage emerged of a Quran getting placed on the knee of a Hindu god throughout Durga Puja celebrations. The minority neighborhood make up about 10 per cent of the population.
Police stated the most recent violence occurred in the southern town of Begumganj when hundreds of Muslims formed a street procession right after Friday prayers on the final day of Durga Puja.
More than 200 protesters attacked a temple exactly where members of the Hindu neighborhood had been preparing to carry out the last rites of the 10-day festival, regional police station chief Shah Imran told reporters.
The attackers beat and stabbed to death an executive member of the temple committee, he stated.
On Saturday morning, a further Hindu man’s body was discovered close to a pond next to the temple, district police chief Shahidul Islam told AFP. “Two men have died since yesterday’s attack. We are working to find the culprits,” he added.
The Anti-Hindu violence spread to more than a dozen districts across Bangladesh this week right after footage emerged on social media of the Quran incident.
At least 4 folks had been killed late Wednesday when police opened fire on a crowd of about 500 folks attacking a Hindu temple in Hajiganj, one of many towns hit by the disturbances.
At least 150 Hindus had been injured across the nation, neighborhood leader Gobinda Chandra Pramanik told AFP, and at least 80 makeshift temples had been attacked. Authorities did not confirm the figures.
Hindus have typically fallen victim to communal violence in the nation of 169 million.
Local authorities stated they have deployed further safety which includes paramilitary border guards to handle any additional unrest.
On Friday violence broke out in the capital Dhaka and Chittagong, prompting police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of brick-throwing Muslim protesters.
High-speed mobile phone world wide web services had been shut down in an apparent bid to avert the violence from spreading.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met leaders of the Hindu neighborhood on Thursday and promised stern action.
“So far around 90 people have been arrested. We will also hunt down all the masterminds,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan stated.