India has termed the reports of violence in Bangladesh amid Durga Puja as ‘disturbing’ and informed that the Indian High Commission along with the consulates are in close contact with the government and local authorities.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has noted the immediate action taken by the Bangladesh government to control the situation in the country.
On Wednesday, communal violence broke out in several places in Bangladesh after social media reports about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja venue on the bank of Nanuar Dighi went viral.
According to reports, some Durga Puja pandals were also vandalised by unidentified goons.
When asked about India’s reaction to the incident, Bagchi said, "We have seen disturbing reports of untoward incidents, involving attacks on a religious gathering in Bangladesh. We note the government of Bangladesh has reacted promptly to ensure the control of the situation including deployment of law enforcement machinery.”
He further added, “We also understand the ongoing festive celebration of Durga puja continues with the support of the government of Bangladesh agencies and a large section of the public. Our high commission and our consulates are in close contact with government and other authorities and at the local level.”
As per reports, at least four people were killed and many injured in the communal violence during Durga Puja celebrations in Chandpur's Hajiganj Upazila.
Earlier, at least 50 people were reportedly injured in Cumilla after a group of religious extremists clashed with law enforcers in the Nanua Dighirpar area over reports of "demeaning the Holy Quran" at a Puja Mandap,
Meanwhile, the government has deployed paramilitary force in 22 districts after the riots and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a warning saying anyone involved in the attacks on Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues in Cumilla will not be spared.