The armed attackers from the local Muslim community stormed a local Hindu place of worship. Local Hindus came running to protect their temple but were beaten up instead. Eventually the attackers turned against the houses of some of the Hindus. Five people were eventually hospitalised
Local police moved in quickly and arrested those responsible for the violence.
Annie Halder, a local Catholic human rights activist, told AsiaNews that the episode in Charsindhu is indicative of the deep sense of insecurity that pervades the lives of religious minorities in this predominantly Muslim country.
Attacks by Muslim groups against Hindu and Christian families are frequent, especially in the villages. In many cases the culprits are not pursued by the law.
Bangladesh is home to about 143 million people, 60 per cent of whom live in rural areas.
Muslims constitute about 85 per cent of the population. More than 16 million are Hindus who are the country’s largest minority.