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New Delhi: At least fifteen Hindu temples were vandalised in Bangladesh after a post disrespecting one of the holiest site of Islam was shared on Facebook, Bangladesh police said on Monday.

Muslims in eastern Bangladesh attacked the temples and homes belonging to Hindus, triggering a panic among the minority community.

At least 150 men were injured as they tried to resist the attack, a community elder said.

“They vandalised 200 Hindu houses and set eight shops on fire. At least 150 men were injured as they tried to resist the attack,” Somesh Roy, a community elder, told AFP.

The clashes started after a local Hindu fisherman posted an edited picture of lord Shiva inside the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, which is considered as one of the holiest places in Islam.

Police said they have arrested fifteen people accused of taking part in the violence.

Police said 100 homes and five Hindu temples were looted. Some rioters apprehended a 27-year-old man they suspected of posting the offensive picture, but police have yet to determine if he posted it.

“We are working on it,” senior regional police officer Abdul Karim told New York Times.

Police have been deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.


First Published | 31 October 2016 5:37 PM
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