Dhaka – Police have arrested six persons after a group of criminals vandalized temples and homes belonging to the minority Hindu community in eastern Bangladeshi district of Brahmanbaria on Sunday.
The law enforcement on Monday said that the persons are suspected to be involved with the attacks on the minority people.
A group of fanatics attacked the religious minority group Sunday afternoon after they alleged that one of their members put posts on social media site Facebook undermining Islam.
The attackers damaged at least 15 temples, idols and homesteads at Nasirnagar sub-district of Brahmanbaria, local residents said adding that many people sustained injuries during the mayhem that carried out for hours.
Nasirnagar Hindu-Budhist-Christian Oikya Parishad president Adesh Dev said that the attackers destroyed Hinndu temples in Duttobari, Nomosomudropara, Jagannath temple, Ghoshpara temple and Gouro temple.
Mizanur Rahman, chief of district police, said some 150 and 200 people carried out the attack and vandalized idols of the temples.
Police have picked up six suspects in connection with the incident and launched investigation into the matter, he said adding stern action would be taken against the perpetrators.
Rahman believed a vested interests group was behind the attack to tarnish the image of the government.
The government deployed paramilitary Bangladesh Border Guard force to avoid further untoward incidents in the area.
It was reported that the incident began in Nasirnagar after a young man Rasraj Das posted the picture of the Holy Kaaba on his Facebook page. The man was arrested on Friday over the charges of blasphemy.
He was the son of Jagannath Das, of Harinberh village in the sub-district of the district.