June 3rd, 2013
Vaishakha Krushna Ekadashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5115
Fanatics vandalised nine idols at 150-year-old Kuleswari temple at Hossainpur upazila of Kishoreganj early yesterday.
Ranjit, a caretaker of the temple, said “I found the idols broken when I went to the temple around 5:00 am, and saw the fragmented idols strewn all over the place.”
Locals said the Hindus have been offering prayers at the temple for around 150 years, but no incident of vandalism had occurred inside the temple in the past.
Prodip Kumar, chief of the temple committee, blamed some unidentified criminals for vandalising the idols.
Md Siddikur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Kishoreganj, and Md Anwar Hossain Khan, superintendent of police of the district, visited the spot.
They assured the local Hindus that the hunt was on to nab the fanatics.
Criminals have vandalised and torched more than 28 temples, 175 houses and dozens of shops of Hindus across the country since Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death in a war crimes case on February 28.
Source: The Daily Star