A Hindu man was beaten up and along with him not only his but houses of several other members of his community were vandalised in a village of Faridpur upazilla of Pabna district. The person manhandled was alleged to have been stalking a girl. Even the police who came to intervene and calm down the situation was not spared by the local public.
We condemn this act of violence and demand exemplary punishment of those who indulged in such an attack including vandalizing many shops. We deplore those who readily take law in their own hands at the slightest of pretexts. We urge the community to play a salubrious role in keeping peace when a crowd behavior sets in.
We note that it is falling into a pattern. There have been instances of desecration of Hindu temples suggestive of a well planned action to start a strife whereas the country has had a tradition of communal harmony. Those who upset communal equanimity do not have the best interest of the country at heart.
The law enforcement agencies must exercise maximum vigil to protect all citizens irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. It is the state's duty to protect the vulnerable from the onslaught of trouble-mongers.