Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Temple vandalised, torched in Lalmonirhat

Miscreants vandalised idols and torched a Hindu temple in Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat Thursday morning.

Sree Sree Kali Mandir is in Bejgram village which is about 2 kilometres off the Indian border, our Lalmonirhat correspondent reports.

According to members of the Hindu community, witnesses and police, some unidentified people demolished an idol of Hindu Goddess Kali and set fire to the temple when the villagers were sleeping sometimes early Thursday.

Sensing the fire around 4:30am, the locals rushed there and managed to douse the fire after an hour.

The temple was built 15 years ago.

Dilip Kumar Singh, general secretary of Hatibandha Upazila Puja Udjapon Parishad, alleged that anti-liberation elements might be behind torching of the temple as most of the Hindu people of the village joined a rally in Hatibandha upazila town on Wednesday protest attacks on minority people and their place of worships.

A case was lodged with Hatibandha Police Station in this connection.

Upendro Nath Singh, president of the temple committee, the attack sent panic to about 120 Hindu families of the village.

The miscreants might attack them anytime, they fear.

They contacted the upazila administration to seek security.

Tapos Kumar Sarker, officer-in-charge of Hatibandha Police Staiton, said police were trying to arrest the miscreants.

Police would take necessary steps to ensure security to the Hindu people, the OC said.