PTI | Last Updated: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 21:22
Dhaka: According to a report made by Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajote (BJHM), at least 98 people from the Hindu community have been murdered and 357 others injured across the country till December 29 this year.
Revealing the report at a press conference held in Dhaka Reporters` Unity today, BJHM executive president Sukrtity Mandal said the report was prepared based on reports published in different newspapers and their community sources, reports the Dhaka Tribune.
The BJHM president also said that around 711 people either left the country or were threatened to leave the country, while 209 idols were damaged and 22 others were stolen.
He further said 22 people of their community have also been missing while 38 people were kidnapped and eight others are in jail.
According to United News of Bangladesh (UNB), 1,109 Hindus received death threat and attempts were made to kill 18 others during the said period.
Dhaka: At least 20 houses of Hindus were set on fire in Bochaganj upazila of Dinajpur in Bangladesh early Saturday.
A report published in The Daily Star said that houses of seven families of Hindus were set on fire in Railway Colony.
Fortunately, no one was injured as residents managed to escape on time.
A person named Jewel was held by the locals, who allegedly set the fire.
The residents claimed that Jewel had been threatening them ever since a scuffle broke out during Durga Puja celebrations earlier this year.
In October this year, at least 15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh were vandalised over allegations of disrespect shown to Islam on Facebook, triggering panic among the minority community in the Muslim-majority nation.
Temples in Brahmanbarhia district's Nasirnagar were vandalised on besides over 100 houses of Hindus in the area have also been looted.
Temples in adjacent Habiganj's Madhabpur also came under attack.