CHATTOGRAM: Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Okiya Parishad will observe a six-hour general strike in the port city today, protesting against the attack on a puja mandop.
The organisation called for the strike on Friday as miscreants carried out an attack on JM Sen Hall Puja Mandop in the city on the day.
Sources said a group of people staged demonstration and brought out a procession, protesting against the alleged undermining of the holy Quran in Cumilla from in front of Anderkilla Shahi Jame Masjid after the Jumma prayer.
Some of them moved towards JM Sen Hall, a renowned puja mandop of the city, and attempted to enter it. They also tore some banners from outside at this time. Police fired tear gas canisters and blank shots to disperse the people. Some were also injured during the incident.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) Nezam Uddin of Kotwali police station said they arrested around 50 people in connection with the clash. The rituals for preparation to immerse the idols were stopped following the incident and the mandop committee took position on road in front of it at that time.
Chattogram Metropolitan Puja Udjapon Parishad President Ashish Kumar Bhattacharjee announced not to immerse idols until security is ensured and the attackers are arrested. However, the worshipers later started immersing idols after 6:00pm as the administration assured them of providing proper security.
In the meantime, Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Okiya Parishad General Secretary Rana Dasgupta rushed to the spot and announced the strike.