Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Thursday that none would be spared for vandalising Hindu temples in Cumilla.
“The incident is already being investigated. Those who are involved in the incident won’t be spared,” she said while exchanging greetings virtually with Hindu devotees at Dhakeshwari National Temple from Ganabhaban in the capital.
“This is the era of digital technology. Those, who have staged such an incident, must be identified. Exemplary punishment will be given to them, irrespective of their religions so that none can dare to do so in future,” she said.
Miscreants on Wednesday vandalised houses and puja mandaps in different parts of the country, including Cumilla, after a news broke on social media about the alleged ‘disrespecting’ the Holy Quran on a Durga Puja venue on the north bank of Nanuar Dighi.
Attacks were carried out in Chanpur, Sylhet, Chattogram and other districts.
The government has deployed BGB members in 22 districts to maintain law and order, as tensions escalated over the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran in Cumilla.
The premier blamed a quarter for marring the peaceful atmosphere of Bangladesh to hinder the ongoing progress of the country.
“We don’t want to make you embarrass. But, our people aren’t happy, they are frightened. We have information that they might create a problem after the Jum’a prayers. The intelligence agencies have also the information in this regard,” he said.
In response, the premier said her government already knew the matter and had been taking measures accordingly.
Mentioning Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s policy, Sheikh Hasina said festival is for all.
“People will follow their respective religions but the festivals are for all. We believe in that policy,” she said.
Principal of Ramkrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission, Dhaka, Swami Purnatmananda Maharaj, President of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Committee, Milon Kanti Dey and General Secretary of Maganagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee, Advocate Krishna Ranjan Mandol, spoke on the occasion.
President of Maganagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee, Shree Shailendranath Majumder presided over the function while General Secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Committee, Nirmol Kumar Chatterjee moderated it.