FACT FINDING OF BDMW ON DESTRUCTION AND DESECRATION OF HINDU DEITIES FOR EXTORTING MONEY FROM HINDU SHEBAIT AT SONATOLA P.S.WITHIN BOGRA DISTRICT (Source: The daily Korotoa dated 7th July 2018) Country : Bangladesh : Act : Right to religion. Crime: Destruction of Hindu deities for extorting money. Date of incident: 6th July 2018 at about 5 a.m. Name of Temple: Sree Sree Hori Mondir at Daspara. Place of the incident: Kormoza – Das Para, Sonatola PS, District-Bogra, Bangladesh. Names of perpetrators: Mohammad Ariful Islam (25) son of Md. Abdul Hannan, 2) Md.Zahidur Rahaman, son of Late Sayed Ali Akand, 3) Mohammad Saheen Islam son of late Badsha Kha. Date of investigation: 7 July 2018 CASE IN BRIEF : – A group of perpetrators named above belongs to Muslim demanded money for extortion from the President of Sree Sree Hori Mandir situated Das Para of Sonatola Upazila of Bogura District on 6 July 2018, President of the Hori Mandir declined to provide money to attackers. As a result those Mohammad Ariful Islam (25) son of Md. Abdul Hannan, 2) Md.Zahidur Rahaman, son of Late Sayed Ali Akand, 3) Mohammad Saheen Islam son of late Badsha Kha equipped with iron rods, bamboo sticks,Ram dao, ill motive trespassed into the Mandir, destructed two Hindu Deities cutting their heads and terrorizing the area causing loss of Taka 1,40,000.00/-. The local neighbour of the Temple caught hold of two perpetrators with the help of BDMW activists and two perpetrators have been handed over to Sonatola police for necessary action. LEGAL ACTION : – Sree Tuku Das- President of Sree Sree Hori Mandir lodged first information report (FIR) before Sonatola police station for the desecration of Hindu deities & extortion of money under section 143/447/295/323/385/506/34 of the penal code against those perpetrators. INVESTIGATION : – I, Adv. Rabindra Ghosh of BDMW contacted with Shariful Islam, Officer in Charge of Sonatola police station over his mobile. He said necessary action would be taken with the help of our BDMW representative Bikash Shornakar and accordingly a case has been registered within his PS and I also talked with S.P. Bogra district over his mobile phone for arresting the captured offenders and those offenders namely Md.Ariful Islam Dolan, Md. Zahidur Rahman has been taken to custody while they were destroying the Hindu deities at the Hori Mandir. More accused persons in connection with this crime would be arrested said ” Shariful Islam O.C. Sonatola PS. RECOMMENDATIONS : – BANGLADESH MINORITY WATCH is very much concerned about an attack on Hindu deities of Sree Sree HORI MANDIR desecrating the deities. The Perpetrators who demanded extortion money should be punished and be tried as per law of the country. The Hindu deities so far destroyed should be reinstalled within the Temple premises and the compensation be paid to the Temple for reconstruction at its original place. The right of religion for all citizen of the country should be guaranteed. Peaceful co-existence should be maintained.