Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Mayapur and Kolkata on 17 October took part in demonstrations, seeking action against miscreants who attacked its temple in Bangladesh two days ago, reportedly leaving one person dead and many injured.
The protesters took out a candlelight march, sang kirtans to the accompaniment of khol kartal and chanted “Hare Krishna” at both places. In Kolkata, they demonstrated outside the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission for around two hours as the police barricaded its entrance. Mayapur is the global headquarters of ISKCON.
Here’s a video that shows how terrified a Hindu family that lives near one of the temples that were attacked by fanatic Muslims of Bangladesh was:
A demonstration by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad is slated for tomorrow — to be held at 11 AM on Elgin Road of Kolkata.
Today, many of the protesters affiliated with ISKCON held posters in hand that sought protection for Hindus in Bangladesh.
“We are anguished and hurt. We promote peace and brotherhood. How could a mob target us? We have always been on the side of the people of Noakhali (in Bangladesh) all these years,” Radharamn Das, the Kolkata vice-president of the ISKCON, said.
Das said that ISKCON members would on Monday hold protests outside all embassies, consulates, high commissions of Bangladesh around the world, demanding security for minorities in that country and action against those involved in the attacks.
He added that a letter has been written to the United Nations protesting against the incident.
Two days ago, the global organisation tweeted, “ISKCON temple & devotees were violently attacked today by a mob in Noakhali, Bangladesh. Temple suffered significant damage.
“We call on the Govt of Bangladesh to ensure the safety of all Hindus & bring the perpetrators to justice.”
On 16 October, it said that one ISKCON member, Partha Das, was killed by a mob of over 200 people. His body was found in a pond next to the temple.
Several temples and Durga puja pandals have come under attack in Bangladesh over the past few days, creating an atmosphere of fear among Hindus in the Islamic republic.
Muslim mobs have killed at least four Hindus in these incidents.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, earlier this week, said her government would take action against those trying to “disturb communal harmony”. She said the perpetrators will be hunted down and punished.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) appears satisfied with the assurance. It noted that the government in the neighbouring country had reacted “promptly” to ensure that the situation was under control and said that the Indian mission is in close contact with the Bangladeshi authorities over the matter.
However, Hindus of Bangladesh say the police deliberately does not come to their aid in time and refuse to register cases even later.
Besides, the Hasina government is on an overdrive to falsify true reports of incidents of violence, lynching, torture and intimidation of Hindus. Bloggers of Bangladesh, including Muslims, say Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are pulling down their posts and videos, branding them as “fake news”, even though their reports are authentic.