Ref: The police have arrested three Bangladesh Chhatra League activists of Dhaka University for vandalising the Ramna Kali Mandir. Animesh, Gobinda and Prakash were arrested in the early hours of Sunday. Police inspector Mizanur Rahman, told bdnews24.com that the clash had erupted over ownership of two shops near the temple’s gate.
The police officer said that one ‘Bipul’ supervised the shops owned by one ‘Pankaj’, a BCL activist of Jagannath Hall. Witnesses said that on Saturday at about 1:30am, some 40-50 activists of the ruling Awami League’s student wing, led by Utpal Saha, another BCL leader of Jagannath hall armed with machetes, iron rods, cricket stumps and hockey sticks went on a rampage and vandalised two idols inside the temple and ransacked two shops.
Shyamal Kumar Biswas, caretaker of Ramna Kali Mandir, told bdnews24.com, “The attackers also vandalised the brahmins’ room inside the temple.” Utpal Saha, however, denied the allegations. He told bdnews24.com, “Pankaj and Bipul have long been in cahoots running illegal businesses in the temple.
But the temple is not a place for such business.” Utpal also denied the accusation of breaking the temple’s idols and put the blame on Pankaj. “It was done by the group of Pankaj. Now they are shifting the blame on us.” Pankaj admitted that he owned the two shops. “We had built the shops with the temple authority’s assistance.” Defending his associate Bipul, Pankaj said, “He belongs to a martyr’s family. The allegations against him are baseless.”