The Bangladesh government has promised to take swift action against the “bad elements” who are trying to disturb communal harmony. The decision has been taken after the reports of the attack on Durga Pandal emerged across the country. 

On the occasion of Durga Puja, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed the Hindu community at Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka. She assured that perpetrators of communal violence would be hunt down and punished and it doesn’t matter that to which religion they belong. She was quoted saying, as per PTI, “The incidents in Comilla are being thoroughly investigated. Nobody will be spared. It doesn't matter which religion they belong to. They will be hunted down and punished”. 

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“We are getting a large amount of information. This is an era of technology and those involved in the incident will definitely be tracked down with the use of the technology,” she continued. 

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. 

Videos and pictures of the broken idols of Goddess have gone viral on the internet. Some videos also show people throwing stones at idols and pandal. 

Some pictures of the same were shared by Bangladesh Hindu Unity Council on Twitter on Wednesday. “Spreading rumors of insulting the Qur'an, the puja mandapa of Nanua Dighi par in Comilla was attacked,” it wrote. 

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However, a Bangladeshi spokesman said that Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) troops have been deployed at 22 districts to stop the spread of violence. The elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and the armed police were also ordered to be on guard with the BGB in 22 of the 64 administrative districts, as per the reports by the media agency.

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