Hindu persecution in Bangladesh: Attacks and violence against Hindus in different parts of Bangladesh started at the Puja Mandapa on the banks of Nanuadighi in Comilla. This scene after the vandalism was taken on Ashtami day … The puja mandapa was on the banks of Nanuadighi in the city of Comilla, around which many Hindu families lived. The locals have been worshiping Durga for more than 20 years by constructing a temporary mandapa here.
The organizers of the puja told the BBC that there were people in their puja mandapa till 2.30 pm at the end of Saptami. After the people left, the organizers surrounded the main pavilion of the temporary stage with a curtain. There was a statue of Ganesha a short distance outside the stage, which was open. Someone left the Qur’an there. A security guard hired from a private company was on guard until dawn. The security guard was not there when the Qur’an was kept there. Early in the morning, a young man called Triple Nine (999) and said that there was a Qur’an in the shrine, which he could see.
Then another young man made that scene live on Facebook from there. But no one is yet able to say whether there are any eyewitnesses to the Qur’an. However, the incident came to light after a young man called Triple Nine and another went live on Facebook. Later, however, the police arrested Fayez and Ikram.
Locals told BBC Bangla that the officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station in Comilla came to the spot around 7.30 am. The police officer then removed the Qur’an from the puja mandapa. Then there was the scene of a young man removing a police officer’s Qur’an on Facebook Live. This is the beginning of the pre-planned violence.