Bangladesh: Idols of Hindu temple in Barisal smashed by unknown vandals

News Desk: According to reports, unknown vandals smashed the idols at the Kashipur Sarbajanin Durga Temple in Mehendiganj Upazila in Barisal, Bangladesh. The crime was reported early Sunday, according to Mehendiganj Police Officer in Charge Shafiqul Islam. He claimed that when people went to the temple in the morning to pray, they discovered the idols defaced.

According to police, the event occurred in the early hours of the morning because people were present till 2 AM in the temple. “There are no CCTV cameras in the temple, and we have asked temple authorities to install the camera as soon as possible” stated OC Shafiqul.

The leaders of Mehendiganj Puja Udjapon Parishad vehemently denounced the event and demanded that the perpetrators face legal consequences. Mehendiganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Nurunnabi inspected the location and issued orders to renovate the temple so that it could be used for worship.

1,682 idols for the next Durga Puja have apparently already been moulded, and instructions have been given to install CCTV cameras at the Puja tents, according to the deputy inspector general of the Barisal Range Police.