Bangladesh Protests Intensify, Central Library Burned

Members of radical Islamic group have attacked Hindu temples and burned the central public library in Bangladesh’s Brahmanbaria district as a protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

The Qawmi madrasa-based organization Hefajat-e-Islam announced a protest against Modi’s visit and “a day of prayers.” They also called for nationwide rallies on April 2.

The firefighters rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze. No casualties have been reported so far.

According to a report of Daily Star, the Islamist mob ransacked Brahmanbaria’s biggest temple Sree Sree Anandamayee Kali Mandir “broke the idols of Sri Krishna and Goddess Kali.”

President of Anandamoyee Kalibari Temple Festival Celebration Committee Ashis Paul said they were performing prayers when armed men broke the temple gate.

“We were performing prayers for Dol Purnima when 200-300 armed men broke the temple gate and barged into our ceremony. We tried to protect the idol of Goddess Kali, but they shoved us aside and vandalized the idol,” Paul said.

Saiful Islam Khan, officer-in-charge of Shah Makhdum Police Station, said police are investigating the incident.

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