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‘Disrespecting’ Holy Quran

BGB deployed in Cumilla

Local admin asked to probe the matter

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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BGB deployed in Cumilla

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Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in different parts of Cumilla city amid tensions over ‘disrespecting’ the Holy Quran at a puja mandap.

Besides, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has instructed the local administration to investigate the matter.

Tensions erupted in the city since Wednesday morning after the reported discovery of the Holy Quran at a puja mandap on the north bank of Nanuar Dighi in the city.

At one stage, when the local administration and police tried to calm down the situation, they faced obstacles from agitated people.

Later in the afternoon, BGB members were deployed in the city to maintain the law and order.

Lt Col Golam Fazle Rabbi, commander of BGB’s Cumilla battalion-10, said four BGB platoons were deployed in the city.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan said the authorities have noted reports of disrespecting the Holy Quran in Cumilla and necessary steps are being taken in this regard.

“The local administration has already been instructed to investigate the matter,” he said, adding that whoever is trying to destroy the country’s religious harmony will be brought to book. The state minister also urged all to refrain from taking the law into their own hands and maintain the religious harmony, peace and discipline.

Maulana Mizanur Rahman, president of Cumilla Imam Association and khatib of Munsefbari Jame Mosque, said, “We’ve urged all Muslim brethren to be patient.”

Meanwhile, Durga Puja organisers at the mandap said they have no idea about how the Holy Quran made its way into the mandap.

The matter came to their notice on Wednesday morning when the mandap was opened, they said, adding that everyone left the mandap on Tuesday night after the celebrations of Maha Saptami.