Hard-earned victories lost in a flash: Bangladesh cricketer Mashrafe Mortaza condemns attacks on Hindu community

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In a Facebook post, former Bangladesh cricket captain Mashrafe Mortaza condemned the recent attacks against the Hindu community in the country.

Mashrafe Mortaza has condemned the recent attacks against minority Hindu community in Bangladesh. (Photo: Reuters)

Former Bangladesh cricket captain Mashrafe Mortaza has condemned the recent attacks against the minority Hindu community in the country.

In a Facebook post written in Bangla, Mashrafe Mortaza said that Bangladesh suffered two losses — one at the hands of Scotland in qualifiers of T20 World Cup, and the other one at home, referring to Sunday’s communal violence in Rangpur district in which 20 homes of Hindus were torched by a mob.

“Witnessed two losses yesterday. One was Bangladesh cricket team’s, which was painful. The other being that of Bangaldesh – one that has shattered my heart. This is not the red and green (colour of the national flag) we wanted to see. So many dreams, so many hard-earned victories lost in a flash. Allah give us hidayat,” he said in the Facebook post.

Incidents of violence have been reported against the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh and their places of worship in the last two weeks.

On Sunday, a group of assailants vandalised at least 66 homes and torched 20 homes of Hindus in Bangladesh’s Rangpur over an alleged blasphemous social media post.

Last week, three people were killed in an attack on a Durga Puja pandal near Nanuar Dighi lake in Bangladesh’s Cumilla. Incidents of vandalism were also reported from temples in Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali, Cox’s Bazar’s Pekua, and Noakhali’s ISKCON temple.

The Ministry of External Affairs has raised the issue before the Bangladeshi government and said that the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has promptly reacted to ensure that the situation was under control.

Meanwhile, the United States has condemned the attacks on the Hindu community in Bangladesh, saying that “Freedom of religion or belief is a human right”.

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