Protest against attacks of islam fundamentalists destroying Buddhist archaeological sites and temples in the east of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries will be held at 1.30 p.m. on 04 October Thursday at the Buddha statue , Vihara Maha Devi park. Please join.
Pakistani spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence [ISI] is believed to be mastermind behind pre-planned attack on the Buddhist monasteries in Bangladesh. Extremist Muslims and some unidentified people, who are believed to be Rohingyas from the neighboring Myanmar vandalised and set on fire Buddhist monasteries on September 30, 2012 on hearing of a Facebook post desecrating the Qur’an, which was tagged on the wall of a Buddhist youth by someone else. Within 24 hours of this notoriety, a fresh spate of sectarian violence, two more Buddhist monasteries were burnt down in the same locality. In Patiya of Chittagong, more than 500 workers of Western Marine set on fire two Buddhist temples, Kalagaon Ratnankur Bouddha Bihar and Lakhera Abhoy Bouddha Bihar, and a Hindu temple, Kalagaon Nabarun Sangha Durgabari after midnight past September 30. The total number of damaged temples in Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong now stands at 22. Continue reading “Pakistani spy agency Inter-Service Intelligence [ISI] is believed to be mastermind behind pre-planned attack on the Buddhist monasteries in Bangladesh.”
Tearing out the soul
It has all the telltale signs of a preplanned attack. A very focused operation that targeted Buddhist homes and establishments. The Muslim houses nestled between the Buddhist houses were left untouched.
The attack spanned over six hours. The attackers swept across Ramu, demolishing temples and houses neighbourhood after neighbourhood. And all this while, the role of the police and local administration remains veiled in mystery.
And, most interestingly, nobody in Ramu — neither the Muslims nor the Buddhists — seems to know who the attackers were. They are either telling the truth or are intentionally hiding the identities of the attackers. But one thing is sure: a large number of the attackers were brought in from outside in trucks, pickups and three-wheelers. A spontaneous spark of fury it was not.
A day after the attack on the Buddhist community by Muslims in which 12 temples were either torched or vandalised, Ramu was yesterday seeped in sheer awe, disbelief and depression.
Uttam Kumar Barua, who was tagged in some images insulting to Islam on his Facebook account, is now in police custody. Neighbours saw police taking him and his mother away at 11:30 at night after the attack started. His wooden house is now padlocked. Nobody is there anymore. Continue reading “Bangladesh: Attack On Buddhists Preplanned”
Dhaka: Bangladesh accused Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on Monday of involvement in attacks on Buddhist temples and homes in the southeast and said the violence was triggered by a photo posted on Facebook that insulted Islam. Thousands of Muslims went on a rampage in Buddhist areas of Bangladesh near the border on Saturday, setting ablaze more than a dozen temples and monasteries and at least 50 homes. Property was looted, including statues of the Buddha.
“The attacks on temples and houses in Buddhist localities in Ramu and neighbouring areas in Cox’s Bazar (district) were perpetrated by radical Islamists,” Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told reporters in Dhaka. “Rohingyas and political opponents of the government were also involved in the attacks.” He described the attacks as a “premeditated and deliberate attempt” to disrupt communal harmony.
It was one of the worst sectarian attacks in Bangladesh, spreading fear throughout the Buddhist minority. Police said violence spread to the port of Chittagong, where at least two temples were vandalised. But police drove the attackers away and tightened security around Buddhist areas. Police said they arrested nearly 170 people on suspicion of vandalism and an investigation was ordered into the violence.
Rohingyas were involved in a week of rioting with Buddhist Rakhines across the border in Myanmar last June and aid agencies say they bore the brunt of a government crackdown to halt the violence. Rohingyas are not included in any census in multi-ethnic Myanmar and have no citizenship. Bangladesh does not accept them and pushed back out to sea refugees fleeing that unrest. Police said the latest attacks were launched after Muslims found a Facebook photo of a burned Koran, allegedly posted by a young Buddhist man who was taken into safe custody by police. The Facebook account was closed.
Leaders of the Buddhist community, which makes up less than 1 per cent of Bangladesh’s population of 150 million, accused unidentified activists of sowing discord. “The situation has been under control since Sunday but we are adding forces to vulnerable areas to ensure the peace is kept,” said Serajul Haque Khan, top civil administrator of the Chittagong division.
Many Bangladeshi Muslims have taken part in protests in recent days against a film made in California and deemed insulting to Islam. Though most Rohingyas were turned back from Bangladesh during last June’s violence, local residents accuse some of infiltrating the country and teaming up with Islamists. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, attending the UN General Assembly in New York, called for tough measures to prevent further attacks on minority communities, state media reported.