Hundreds attack Hindu homes, temples in Bangladesh

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of protesters in eastern Bangladesh angry about a social media post launched a wave of attacks against Hindu temples and homes in a rare convulsion of communal violence in the region, Bangladeshi police said Monday.

Police arrested 15 people suspected of taking part in the violence.

As news of the controversial post spread through neighborhoods in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, hundreds of people rampaged for two hours Sunday through Hindu communities east of Dhaka, the capital, said senior regional police officer Abdul Karim.

Police said 100 homes and five Hindu temples were looted.

Some rioters apprehended a 27-year-old man they suspected of posting the offensive picture, but police have yet to determine if he posted it.

“We are working on it,” Karim said.

Police reinforcements and members of Bangladesh’s paramilitary border guard have been deployed in the area, around 150 kilometers (94 miles) east of Dhaka.-AFP