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‘No temple is unprotected in country’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad General Secretary, Chandranath Poddar, said that no temple in the country is unprotected during the Durga Puja this year.

He made the remarks while addressing a view exchange meeting with journalists on the occasion of Durga Puja at Dhakeshwari National Temple in the capital on Friday morning. The meeting was organised by the Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee.

"Puja organisers of our Sanatan community think that they can properly celebrate Durga Puja this year. The government and administration will look after the rest. It is their responsibility to ensure that puja can be performed without any interruption," Poddar said.

In response to a question, he said, "We think that no puja mandap or temple in Bangladesh is vulnerable."

Last Saturday, the Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, however, said that they do not think that Durga Puja can be performed safely this year.

Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Shafiqul Islam on Thursday said there have been risks of extremist attacks during Durga Puja as several dozens of youths, suspected to be involved in extremist activities, have gone missing from their families recently.

When asked about the security measure, Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee Manindra Kumar Nath said, "Police administration cannot go everywhere, especially at village and union level. But they have graded the vulnerable temples and are trying to identify issues through intelligence agencies."

He said Durga Puja can be celebrated with less security measures if the mindset of a group of people can be changed.

Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee General Secretary Romen Mondal read a written statement on the occasion where they issued 21-point instructions for all Durga Puja mandaps in the capital.