Jamaat supporters threaten Hindus, burn temple in Nilphamari, locals say

A temple has been torched in Nilphamari after posters with hate messages against Hindus were circulated in Dimla, triggering panic among the community.

Nilphamari Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 14 April 2015, 12:29 PM
Updated : 14 April 2015, 12:51 PM

Locals blame Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir for the incident since their names were on the posters.

Aftab Uddin Sarkar, an MP from the area, alleged the incidents were an attempt by the Jamaat and Shibir to create communal tensions in Bangladesh to hinder the war crimes trials.

“It is clear that none but the Jamaat, Shibir can do such thing,” he remarked.

Most of the war crimes convicts are from the Jamaat, which openly opposed Bangladesh’s independence from a non-secular, Bengali-hating Pakistan.

Tuesday morning’s incidents have spread panic among about 400 Hindu families in the locality.

The temple’s management committee chief Nalini Mohon Roy said they rushed there in the morning seeing it on fire. But the damage was not much.

They found two posters pasted on the temple’s wall. The posters said they (attackers) would not allow any more Hindu festivals and asked the community to flee to India.
Another poster hailed the Jamaat and Shibir.
A case has been filed over the incidents and police say they were trying to arrest the attackers.