DHAKA, Bangladesh - Hindu community leaders, educators, students, and activists held a demonstration and a symbolic hunger strike in Dhaka and other parts of the country on Saturday to urge their demand for religious minorities' protection and security.
Protesters included the Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad (BHCOP) and Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad (BPUP), demanding a speedy trial for those who destroyed Hindu temples, Durga Puja sites, and residences in various districts.
ON Friday, the BPUP leaders called for a boycott of the Diwali celebrations on November 4 during the Kali Puja.
The organization also questioned the sincerity of local governments, claiming that they had failed to respond to widespread attacks on Hindus spurred by baseless accusations that the Holy Quran had been desecrated in Comilla.
BPUP General Secretary Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee said during a press conference in the city that on the night of the tragedy, there was only one guard at the temporary Puja location in Comilla. The power to the mandapa region was turned off between 3 and 4 a.m. on that night.
"The question of what caused the power outage remains unresolved. Is the incident being investigated?" He expressed his concern.
Nirmal Kumar went on to say that they would perform the Puja rituals but would not celebrate Diwali.
In connection with the current violence against the Hindu community, 102 cases have been filed, implicating 20,619 people.
According to the police's official data, 583 persons have been arrested, and drives are underway to apprehend the rest.