By Namta Gupta
New Delhi, May 31, 2020: It has come to light that a holy Hindu Temple in Iran’s Bandar Abbas caught fire. The news was first posted by Iran International on May 16th, 2020 along with a video of the footage.
The Iranian authorities say that the Hindu Temple caught fire due to some religious artifacts alighting. It is unclear what it was and nor any information has been provided.
Farjam Danish, the director of the Bandar Abbas Municipality Fire Department, told Iran International that a fire broke out in the pavilions on the north side of the Hindus Temple in Bandar Abbas. He also added that the fire had been extinguished and that they were still searching for the cause. But from then on, no information has come out. Take a look at the damage that this fire did below:
فرجام دانش، مدیرعامل سازمان آتشنشانی شهرداری #بندر_عباس از وقوع آتشسوزی در غرفههای ضلع شمالی معبد هندوهای بندرعباس خبر داد و گفت آتشسوزی اطفا شده است و اکنون نیز در حال علتیابی هستیم. pic.twitter.com/VqhQeuSRTu
— ايران اينترنشنال (@IranIntl) May 16, 2020
It is unclear what could have led to the incident at the Hindu Temple but there are misgivings as a Christian cemetery also suffered the same fate and even the tomb of Biblical figures Queen Esther and Mordecai in Hamedan, west of Tehran, was also set afire overnight during the same week.
We strongly condemn the attack on the Tomb of Esther & Mordechai in Hamedan #Iran, which follows a threat last Feb. against the site. Iran’s regime is the world’s chief state sponsor of #Antisemitism. It must stop incitement and protect its #Jewish community and other minorities.
— U.S. Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (@USEAntiSemitism) May 15, 2020
The burnt Christian cemetery stands in Eslamshahr, in the capital Tehran and the Governor of Eslamshahr blamed the cemetery fire on a worker burning grass.