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From another source it is evident that some 100 destruction of temples and over 300 registered cases of abduction-molestation-rape of Hindu women and minor girls earmarked 2010 as hopeless situation also from the new vendors of secularism in Bangladesh.”(cited from article of Upananda Br.dt. 11.01.2011).
1.An ancient Hindu temple in a village near the Bangladesh capital was vandalised, the miscreants breaking six idols, police were quoted as saying on 2nd February,2010.
Some 30-35 people attacked the Sri Sri Rahshakali temple in Ashrafdi village in Naranaganj district on Friday night, a police official as saying.
They also damaged four adjacent houses and injured five people, it said.
Police officer Mohammed Yunus Ali said the temple was attacked following an altercation between a Hindu and three youths in the village. A case has been registered, the official said.
2.The temple containing the tomb of Baba Ramthakur situated in Chawmuhuni, Noakhali was vandalised on 29 August,2010. The terrorists looted the temple and caused damage to its infrastructure.
3.On 11 SEPTEMBER 2010, Miscreants at Gosaildanga in Chittagong rampaged a Hindu temple, the police say.
Eyewitnesses said some six youths led by one Mohammad Masud of the adjacent Muslim-dominated area stormed the temple in the port city around 10:45pm by breaking iron gate and wooden doors.
They smashed several idols including those of Lord Narayana, Shivalinga and Ghaut, and utensils there.
Thousands of Hindus of the area took out a procession demanding arrest and punishment of those responsible.
Mihir Das, joint general secretary of Gosaildanga Shwashan Kalibari Temple Committee, told bdnews24.com: “Five to six drunken youths led by gangster Masud of the neighbouring area vandalised the temple.”
Bandar Police Station officer-in-charge Rejaul Karim and local ward councillor Jahangir Alam Chowdhury went to the scene hearing of the incident.
“Donated by the devotees the ornaments were decorated with the image of goddess Kali while the money were kept in the boxes in front of the goddess,” said Nirmal Chatterjee and added, “We suspect, an organized gang is involved in the burglary.”
He alleged that earlier they had informed the government authorities several times about the insecurity of the temple, but nothing was done in this connection.
After the incident, a protest meeting was held in front of the temple in the morning when the temple committee also announced another protest meeting for today (Monday).
Mohanagar Sarobojanin Puja Committee President Biresh Chandra Saha filed a general diary (GD) with Chawkbazar police station in this connection.
Secretary of Dhaka Metropolitan Sarbajanin Puja Udjapon Committee Babul Devnath has expressed deep concern over the incident. He said, “A theft took place at Baradeswari Kali Temple on Dec 12 and another at Jaykali Temple on Dec 22. We demand proper investigations into all these incidents.”
Later The Detective Brach (DB) of police arrested eight persons in connection with thefts at the capital’s Dhakeswari and Kali temples. The detainees include alleged leader of the gang Garibullah alias Aslam, 24, Mohammad Monir, 25, Monir Hossain, 27, Mohammad Selim, 35, Shahid Jamal, 34, and Chandu, 30. The identities of the rest two could not be known immediately.
DB Inspector Ashraf Hossain, who conducted the drives, told that five of the arrestees Garibullah, Md Monir, Monir Hossain, Selim and Jamal were each placed on five days’ remand yesterday.
According to the DB inspector the five placed on remand were directly involved in the thefts while the other three in dealing and selling the gold ornaments.
He said, “Garibullah admitted that led by him the gang stole from Dhakeswari and Kali temples and other temples in and around the capital. However, most of the looted ornaments were sold in the black market.”
On information that a gang of thieves who were sent to Narayanganj jail allegedly for looting a temple in Munshiganj continued robbing temples after obtaining bail, DB officials headed for Narayanganj and found two of the gang members Garibullah and Md Monir still in jail. The officials brought the two to the DB headquarters for interrogation, said a DMP press release.
Based on the information gleaned from the two, DB police recovered some gold ornaments and other stolen items from Munshiganj and Narayanganj and arrested Monir Hossain at Raipur of Laxmipur district, said the press release.
4. Bharoteshwari Kali Mandir in Narail was robbed on December 1, 2010.
5. On 17 december 2010 robbers broke into Sabujbag Kali Temple and robbed belongings of half a million dollers from the temple.
6. On 22 december 2010 Joy Kali Temple of Dhaka had been robbed. the buglers took away possesions of .4 million taka from the temple.
7. On 8 January 2011 At least 200 tolas (bhori) of gold ornaments, six tolas of silver ornaments and Tk 4.5 lakh in cash were stolen from the Dhakeshwari National Temple.
Worship at Dhakeswari National Temple was suspended for some period following the incident.
Nirnal Chatterjee, Joint Secretary of Mohanagar Sarbo Janin Puja Committee, told reporters the ‘Sebayet Ratan Chakraborti and Nitya Gopal Chakraborti left the temple at around 9:00pm on Saturday night after locking all rooms, including the main temple. But in the morning all locks were found missing.DB officials also recovered 11 broken locks of Dhakeswari Temple from the roof of a nearby workshop upon Garibullah’s information.Replying to a query, the DB inspector said, “The gang targeted temples as those are less secured and offer minimum risk.”
Nirnal Chatterjee, joint secretary of Mahanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee, said they have heard about the arrest and the recovery.
He demanded fair investigation into the mysterious incidents of burglary at 23 temples across the country in the last two months.
”A significant portion of the temple land has been lost due to the Enemy Property Act and confiscation by the Bangladesh Government, and the current premises are considerably lower than the historic reach of the property.
The temple was the… victim of significant vandalism during the communal disturbances in Dhaka in 1990 and in 1992, when property worth several million Takas was destroyed.”
8. Paban temple of Purbachadkati, Jalakhati District was vandalised on 12 January,2011.
9. Kadamtola Kali Mandir in Sutrapur was robbed on 2 february 2011. It is situated in the oldest part of capital Dhaka.
Shusil Kumar Datta, secretary of Kadamtola Kali Mandir committee, said the theft took place Tuesday-Wednesday night.
The temple’s priests Manik Chakraborty and Archana Rani came to open the shrine at around 7.30 a.m. and found all the locks were broken and ornaments that adorn the idol and cash kept in the donation box had been stolen.
Nazrul Islam, a police official, said that 4.7 tolas of gold, 6 tolas of silver, 10 saris and Taka 7,000 ($100) in cash were stolen from the shrine.
Chakraborty said: “After several thefts occurred in different temples in the city we took special security care and bought new locks for the mandir. But despite taking all security measures, the burglars broke into the temple and took away the gold ornaments and cash.”
10. Four temples of Kishoregang Disrict were robeed in a duration of 2 weeks. These temples are Baba Lokhnath temple, Kali Temple and 2 rada Gabinda Temples.
11. On the day of Sarawati Puja,8th february 2011 muslim terrorists attacked and vandalised deities and infrastructure of Sri Sri sitla kali temple of Barisal.
12. On 10th February 2 temples (Kali and Shiva Temple) was vandalised in Voler Chowra village of Lalmonirhat District on the same night. The local hindus complaints a group of muslims vandalised and robbed these templs before.
13. On january 2011 in a duration of 5 days two temples have been vandalised in Narayangang, near capital Dhaka.
These are Narayan Temple and Kali Temple. The robbers toke away deities,gold and silver ornaments and cash takas.
14. On Mar 06,2011 Burglars stole valuables, including five statues and gold ornaments from Radha-Madhab Mandir (temple) near Gollamari Swashwan (cremation site) in the city of Khulna,southern Bangladesh.
Goureshwar Nimai Das Brahmacharee, divisional head of Eskon, a religious organization, said, temple`s caretaker (Sebayet) Suvo Gavinda found that someone broke the collapsible gate and door of the temple at about 4am.
When he entered the temple he saw that five statues of god and goddesses, two and half tolas of gold ornaments and an amount of cash Tk 90,000, donated by devotees were missing from the temple.
Later a bugler named Kabir Khalifa was arrested and the stolen deities were recovered.
The influential Daily Star pointed out in an editorial that there were no arrests so far. It said that there was no action beyond visits by ministers, senior officials and teh police and promises to book the guilty.
The editorial warned that if not curbed “this will be a spur for the communal forces in the country and outside to upset the peaceful co-existence of all religions in Bangladesh”.
It did not elaborate on who the “certain group” is behind the incidents that “has targeted the holy places of worship with despicable intent”.
The burglars broke into places of worship and stole gold and silver ornaments and cash. Dhakeswari national temple, Baredeswari Temple and Joykali Mandir in the capital have been the main targets. The fashion of crime seems to be cases of ’simple burglary’.”
“Unfortunately, we have not known if any arrests have been made in connection with these thefts…Even if these are cases of simple burglary, the incidents leave a severe dent in the minds of worshippers who believe these acts desecrate holy places,” the newspaper said.