BD minority Hindus are denied Religious Rights in their largest festival.
HE Desk from Dhaka : Within some moments the final call for the greatest event in Bengali Social Religious life is to rent the air through “Mahalaya”. But in various places in Bangladesh minority Hindus are anxious about their fate to observe the Durga Puja in peace or not.
Reports came in our desk about putting the strong hurdles to organize Durga Puja by not providing facilities to the puja committees along with state sponsored (?) hooliganism in a Islamic state by destroying Durga Images under construction/installation in the puja pandals in many parts of Bangladesh even under a so called ‘minority friend’ Awami League Govt. in Bangladesh at present.
When thousands of atrocities on Bengali Hindu population in Bangladesh have already been reported and harrowing experiences prove that these barbarities reach new heights during the days of Durga Puja, every year and there is no exception this year too. According to fresh reports, at least six deities, meant for the upcoming Durga Puja, have been desecrated and destroyed by Islamic fundamentalists in Banuria of Kaliganj in Jenaidaha, Alikadam, Bandarban, Birol, Birampur etc. in Bangladesh and the office bearers of the Puja Committee are also fatally injured in some places. Only two Muslim miscreants, in connection with these cases, have been arrested so far.
The clippings of the reports run below as heart rendering :
One Image of Durga, other deities damaged
Parimal Kumar, a member of the Puja Udjapan Committee and inhabitant of the village, said they had gone home after holding a meeting here Thursday midnight.
They found some damaged images of deities, including Ganesh and Laxmi.
Besides, one hand of the tiger’s image was also found detached from its body.
He also added that the heinous incident had taken place just nine days ahead of the Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Hindus.
If they failed to manage any artisan to repair the damaged images in time, they would not be able to celebrate the puja this year.
Vijan Kumar Das, president of the Puja Udjapan Committee, told daily sun that he had heard of the incident.
But, he could not yet visit the spot as he was staying outside.
Anjumanara Begum, UNO of Kaliganj upazila, said on information she had visited the spot.
Two Durga idols wrecked in Dinajpur
Dinajpur || 23rd Sept. 2011 || Unidentified miscreants wrecked two idols of Durga in two upazilas of Dinajpur district on Thursday night, a few days ahead of the biggest festival of the Hindu community.
The four-day Durga puja starts on October 2.
The incidents took place at Paikpara village under Birol upazila and Deior Salghoria village under Birampur upzila.
Dinajpur police super Moinul Islam confirmed the sacrilege and said the police had started investigations into the incidents.
He said the police already arrested a man in Birol on suspicion of his involvement in the crime.
Parimal Chakrabarty, a leader of the Dinajpur district Puja Udjapon Parishad, expressed his concern at the incidents and called on the district administration to step up security at the Hindu temples.
Three Images of Durga broken in Bandarban
Bandarban | 20th Sept. 2011: Some miscreants broke three images of goddess Durga at a temple at Vorir Muk under Alikadam upazila of Bandarban district Sunday night.
The images were built in preparation for celebrating the upcoming Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the Hindus.
The temple authority said a gang of miscreants numbering 8-10 had come to the temple and suddenly attacked them with sticks and sharp weapons while they had been in a meeting on the temple premises and stabbed three people. They had also broken the three images.
One of the critically injured, Monomohan Karmokar, president of the temple authority, was admitted to Alikadam Upazila Health Complex.
Md Iqbal, officer-in-charge of Alikadam police station, said on information they had rushed to the spot and nabbed one Abul Kalam in this connection at night.
Deputy Commissioner Mizanur Rahman, Police Super Kamrul Hasan and Bandarban Puja Udjapan Parishad leaders visited the spot Monday morning.
A case was filed in this connection.
1. Place : village – Simulia, Sadar Upazila – Jhalkathi. Dist. Adminstrator Mr. Ashok Biswas confirmed the attack. Police Super Mohammad Mozid Ali inspected the place of occurance.
2. Place : Rajsahi, Tanore Municipality. In the area of Samaspur, Durga Image was desecrated in the Hari Temple puja site. The 4 images (clay idols) of Goddess Lakshi (2), Goddess Saraswati (1), and Lord Kartick (1) were destroyed in the night time. The main culprit and the perpetrator is one Iskamil Mridha as revealed. Intensive police posting is ordered by the authority to maintain the peace. The Secretary of the Hari Mandir Durgotsav Committee has filed a case against 15 Muslim miscreants so far.
3. Durga Image destroyed in Khulna reports Daily Sun on 17th Sept 2011.
4. It is in the air that Hindus of Coxbazar are likely to boycott the Durga Puja this year to protest over hard regulation and persecution upon them.
The artisans are engaged in repairing the clay image of Goddess Durga as some unidentified miscreants damaged it at a temple in Khulna city on Friday on 16/09/2011.
Post Script :
Fresh violence was occurred in the DUET (Dahaka University of Enginnering and Technology) at Gazipur between the Muslims and the Hindu Student, when the later group was demonstrating in a road blockade in Dhaka-Gazipur-Shimultali Road after the Durga Mandop (Temporary installation house of the deity) was completely razed to ground by a Muslim group comprising 30-35 heads.
Sri Mridulkanti Das, Secretary of ‘Vani Archna Samsad’ unit (i.e. the socio clutural observation furom for Sanatanis/Hindus) of the university conveyed that the respective administration had given the written permission to the Hindu students to perform the Durga Puja but a strong group of the Jamatees in the DUET students always propagate Islam in the university and put impediment to conduct any function of the Hindus in DUET and other UET campus as their anti-infidel agenda.
The General Hindu Students Union Of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, Gazipur (DUET) are now demanding a Permanent Hindu Temple in the DUET Campus. Already Muslims have managed their own fund by giving personal donation of each Hindu student. But the university Authority and some Muslim student have protested to make a permanent Hindu temple in the Campus. General Hindu studentas claimed “there is a three storied artistic Mosque but whenever we are trying to build a Hindu Temple by our own fund authority and some Muslim students are making obstacles even providing threat to stop the work of construction including Durga Puja.” It is the matter of regret that there are huge Hindu Students are reading in The DUET but they have no permanent Temple in the campus. The General Hindu Students are afraid, many Hindu Student are still confined in the campus. All Conscientious people should support them and raise voice against this discrimination as appealed by the Hindu Student Union in their flyer distrubuted at the time of agitation.
The whole matter is now intervened by Prof. Dr. Abu Nayeem Sheikh, in-charge of students’ welfare committee and Prof. Abul Kasheem, Dean of Computer Deptt. of DUET. Policed reached the place to maintain the law and order as reported.
Despite of these menace tantamount to the minority Hindus in Bangladesh, the Home Minister in Bangladesh Sahara Khatun briefed the press that this year has the landmark to conduct 28000 pujas against the 27000 pujas held last year. Even she gave a statistics to increase of three puja mandops (pandals) this year in the capital of Dhaka touching the figure of 196 against last year’s 193 so far. The Minister reiterated the ‘peaceful’ and ‘no problem’ observance of Durga pujas under the instructed and designated Puja Samanoy Samity (Puja Coordination Committee) headed by District Magistrate in every districts to look after his jurisdiction.
But these pro Islamists never raise that glorious days of Bangladesh Hindus, when once only Dhaka was overwhelmed with more than 300 Durga pujas on her own with a celebration of 50000 Durga pujas with the periphery of today’s bangladesh some 60 years back. But it is encouraging that the various Hindu minority forums are struggling hard to protect their religious rights and continue the Hindu rituals and celebrations through many hardships in an Islamic State of Bangladesh.
So far 73 Puja Mandops are declared as vulnerable in the face of attacks of the fanatic Muslims upon the deity or the Hindu devotees engagaged in Durga Puja. This report has been published in daily Jugantor dated 28th Sept, 2011 within a report “প্রতিমা তৈরিতে ব্যস্ত সময় কাটছে শিল্পীদের” . But it is nothing but a tip of dangerous ice-berg that silently destroy the Hindu Minority Rights in Bangladesh. Actually thousands of Durgapuja are violated in Bangladesh every year by the majority Muslims there. …….
Courtesy: Daily Sun | News First | Kaler Kantha | Daily Jugantor | R Dasgupta.