On Friday, November 4, unidentified miscreants took away the heads of Ma Kali and Shiva Vigraha from a puja mandap in Khamarpara village of Khansama Upazila of Dinajpur district, Bangladesh. A case is being prepared against unidentified persons for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in this incident.
According to the Khansama police, this incident took place in Balram Bazaar Mandap of Khamarpara Union of the Upazila on Friday night. Earlier instructions were given to all concerned about the Visarjan of the Vigraha after the Kali Puja. But the Vigraha was kept behind. Local Hindus believe that miscreants attacked and broke the Vigraha’s head sometime during midnight.
Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime and Ops) Aslam Uddin, Additional Superintendent of Police (Birganj Circle) Khodadad Suman, Officer-in-Charge (OC) Chittaranjan Roy, OC (Investigation) Tawhidul Islam, President of Upazila Puja Udjapan Parishad Dhiman Das, and other concerned persons visited the spot.
Mandap committee member Sanjit Kumar Roy said “the front door of the Tinshed Mandap was open.” On Friday morning, local people told me that they could not see the head of the Vigraha. “I came to the mandap and saw the incident and informed the concerned people.”
Previously, an Islamist attack happened at Gobindapur village in Chehel Gazi Union in the Dinajpur District of Bangladesh. This Islamist attack and vandalism happened on October 24 at Shamshan Kali Mandir in Gobindapur village of Dinajpur district. The attackers had destroyed the Maa Kali vigraha and looted several valuable items from the temple.