Bangladesh: Mob attacks Temple, chants ‘Catch Infidels’

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Muslim mob chanting Allah-o-Akbar and ‘Catch Malaun‘ (derogatory word to signify non-Muslim/Infidel in Bangladesh) attacked a Hindu Temple and also vandalized a graveyard of Hindu community. The attack happened on Sunday, February 24th, 2019, at Sahaspur Chourangibazar, Bochagonj of Dinajpur, Bangladesh.

The mob was led by Mohammad Abdullah Bachumiah and a school teacher named Mohammad Shafiqul Alam. The mob first attacked the graveyard and then went after the Temple and the houses of Hindus. Hindu shops and businesses were attacked by the mob while chanting ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ and ‘Catch Malaun.’

Stone pelting on Hindus and their properties also happened due to which eight Hindus received grievous injuries.

Bangladesh Minority Watch sent a team to assess the ground-level situation. It later said “that the Right to religion for all communities should be guaranteed. Discrimination to religious minorities should be stopped.”

Hindus also took out protest later.

Bangladesh is a conservative Muslim country. Even prominent Hindu personalities like Bangladesh national team cricketer Liton Kumar Das ended up receiving abuses for posting a Durga Puja greeting in 2015 on his Facebook page as Bangladesh is Muslim-majority.

Following the backlash, he removed the picture.

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