ISKCON seeks UN’s attention over attack on its Noakhali temple in Bangladesh


Guwahati: After a mob allegedly attacked Hindu devotees at an ISKCON temple in Bangladesh’s Noakhali area on Friday, the religious organisation wrote to the United Nations on Saturday, seeking the international body’s attention for “Hindus and other minorities of Bangladesh”.

Sharing visuals of damage and destruction, ISKCON had said on Friday that its temple and devotees were violently attacked by a mob in Noakhali. One devotee, named Parth Das, allegedly died due to the communal violence.

The attack on the ISKCON temple followed similar incidents of violence at Hindu temples and Durga Puja pandals that took place in several parts of Bangladesh due to social media allegations and rumours earlier this week.

Appealing that a United Nations team be sent to Bangladesh, ISKCON wrote, “The world has ditched the minorities of Bangladesh. Yesterday [Friday] a mob of 200+ entered our ISKCON Noakhali premises and unleashed terror for 3 hours. One of our devotees was killed and many were missing. Many are critically injured and fighting for their lives.”

“All our deities have been broken. 150 houses near ISKCON temple were looted and vandalized. Currently there iscurfew in the area, but unless the international community speaks against this cycle of violence which is going on for last 9 days, more people are going to be killed,” ISKCON added in its letter to the UN.

“We appeal to the United Nations to immediately issue condemnation of this cycle of violence against the Hindus and other minorities of Bangladesh and to send a delegation to Bangladesh.”

As per Bangladeshi media, at least four persons were killed after violence erupted on Wednesday following social media allegations of blasphemy at a Durga Puja pandal in Comilla, about 100 kilometres from Dhaka.

Following the violence in Comilla, incidents of vandalism were also reported from Durga Puja pandals in Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali and Cox’s Bazar’s Pekua, reports said.

(Inputs from Agencies)