The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) led protests in India against the attacks on the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh on Saturday, October 23.
West Bengal: ISKCON devotees continue their protest in Kolkata following the incident where an ISKCON temple in Noakhali, Bangladesh was vandalised & a devotee killed by a mob on Oct 16
ISKCON has called a worldwide protest at about 700 ISKCON temples across 150 nations today pic.twitter.com/K2SE0d7KgR
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On Friday, Radharani Das, vice president, Iskcon, Kolkata said that it was planning to hold a day-long global protest on October 23. To further raise its voice against the violence targeting Hindus in the neighbouring country.
“Protests are going on in many parts of the world. Now, we are planning to hold a day-long protest and prayer meetings on October 23 for the victims in Bangladesh,”
Kolkata vice president Radharaman Das said that the people will protest from 10 in the morning till 10 at night. It is a twelve-hour protest. Furthermore, in the evening there will be a candlelight protest to pay homage to those who died in Bangladesh during Durga Pooja.
The protest is being held in 150 countries. Moreover in 700 temples across the globe.
Moreover, posters of the beheaded idol of Goddess Durga. Along with girls crying were put up across the ISKCON temple in Kolkata located at Albert Road.
Why are the protests happening?
An ISKCON temple in Nooakhalo city in Bangladesh was vandalised and a devotee was killed by a mob on October 16.
The attack on the ISKCON temple in Noakhali shocked the Hindu community there, leading to protests on the streets.
The ISKCON authorities tweeted about the incident, putting out photographs of the vandalisation:
“ISKCON temple & devotees violently attacked in Noakhali, Bangladesh. Temple suffered significant damage and the condition of a devotee remains critical.”
However, the accused has been arrested.
The accused was identified from CCTV footage. He has been identified as Iqbal. Further, he was arrested from Cox Bazar in Bangladesh by the Bangladesh police on Thursday late evening.
Slamming her own son, Iqbal’s mother also demanded strict punishment for her son for spreading communal tension in Bangladesh.