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Forcible Land Grab Thwarted in Bangladesh


Forcible Land Grab Thwarted in Bangladesh
By ISKCON News Staff   |  Mar 18, 2022

On March 17, round 8 PM, 150 males tried to forcibly occupy a parcel of land owned by ISKCON Bangladesh. The property is a ten-minute stroll from ISKCON’s important temple in Dhaka, the Swamibag Temple, and is adjoining to a smaller ISKCON temple on close by Lalmohan Saha Street.

“We have been utilizing the land for storage and plan to develop it sooner or later,” stated Jagatguru Gauranga dasa, ISKCON Co-Regional Secretary for Bangladesh. “The males confirmed up with three giant vehicles and commenced looting the issues we preserve there, to take the property for their very own functions.”

Local police have been referred to as and confirmed up about half-hour later. While the police have been outnumbered by the hooligans, they calmed the state of affairs however weren’t capable of forestall the looting and injury that had already occurred. Two ISKCON devotees suffered minor accidents whereas making an attempt to withstand the assault.

The adjoining ISKCON temple itself was not harmed, though there was injury to the wall across the adjoining property. A small clay deity of goddess Sarasvati, beforehand worshipped in a one-day ceremony (and historically positioned in a river afterward) was taken. No Deities at the moment being worshipped have been harmed. Construction and different supplies have been looted. ISKCON stays answerable for the property.

It is suspected that the person behind this assault owns an adjoining property to the parcel that was looted, and desires the property for himself.

“We are assembly with the District Commissioner of Police within the subsequent day or two to see what may be completed to guarantee full safety of our property and the security of our group,” stated Jagat Guru.


Editor’s Note: In 2021, there have been egregious assaults towards ISKCON temples in Bangladesh. Two ISKCON devotees have been murdered, and the property was destroyed and defaced. ISKCON stands in help of all minorities in Bangladesh whose lives, property, and non secular freedoms have been threatened.  See: https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-official-report-on-bangladesh-attacks/

 

 

 

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