Miscreants vandalised idols of Hindu gods and goddesses in Boalmari upazila of Faripdur, Bangladesh, on 21 October.
Police arrested Nayan Sheikh (20) and Raju Mridha (26) of Ramdia village for their alleged involvement with the incident.
Suresh Chandra Karmakar, president of Ramdia Karmakar Para Puja Mandap Committee, said the incident happened ahead of Durga Puja in Ramdia village when people ― in charge of maintenance of the mandap ― went to have dinner around 8:30 PM.
The miscreants damaged a number of idols at the mandap. Painting of the idols was completed on 17 October, he said.
Jotan Chanda, Boalmari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO); Anisuzaman, additional superintendent of police (Madhukhali Circle), Aminul Islam, officer in-charge of Boalmari Police Station, and members of Boalmari Upazila Puja Celebration Committee visited the place.
Arun Mandal, general secretary of Faridpur District Puja Celebration Committee said, “We have informed Atul Sarkar, deputy commissioner of Faridpur, and Md Alimuzzaman, superintendent of police of Faridpur, to take legal action in this regard.”
Earlier, in 2019 The Daily Star (newspaper of Bangladesh) had covered on its 23 October issue the destruction and desecration of six idols in a Durga Puja in Natore.
Daily Star reports, “Masked miscreants attacked a temple and desecrated at least six idols at Gurudashpur upazila in Natore.
At least eight masked men entered the temple at Chachkoir village in the upazila and vandalised six idols including idol of Durga, Saraswati, Laxmi and Kartik around 4:30am, Madhab Sheel, president of the area’s Puja Celebration Committee told our local correspondent.
“After performing a prayer people left the temple around 4:00am deploying two Ansar men for security. Later, the masked criminals vandalised the idols holding the Ansar men in confinement.”
Hearing the news, agitated Hindu people of the area gave a mass beating to another Ansar man, Rajib Uddin, who was security in-charge of the temple, in connection with the incident, our correspondent reports.