1989 Bangladesh pogroms

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The 1989 Bangladesh pogroms were a series of attacks against the Bengali Hindus in October - November, apparently as a reaction to the laying of the foundation of Ram temple adjacent to the disputed structure in Ayodhya in India. In the pogroms, thousands of Hindu homes and businesses were destroyed.[1] More than 400 Hindu temples were destroyed.[1]

On 30 October 1989, Hindu shops were looted and set on fire in Chittagong, in spite of a curfew. Hindu men and women were attacked and molested.[2] On 10 November, an Islamist mob shouting anti-Hindu slogans took out a procession in Khulna. Hindu temples were attacked and destroyed by the mob.[2] On 11 November, an Islamist mob attacked Hindu shops and temples in Narsingdi. More than 25 Hindu-owned shops were set on fire and images in three temples were smashed.[3] The mob was led by Maulana Tajul Islam, who carried firearms and raised anti-Hindu slogans.[2] On 17 November, the Hindu students of Brojomohun College in Barisal were attacked, beaten up and thrown out of the hostel.[2] In Comilla, brick-bats were thrown on Hindu devotees during the Ram Thakur festival. Some of the devotees were seriously injured.[2] On 18 November, a 500 strong Muslim mob hurled stones at Hindu-owned shops in Khulna, injuring 50 people.[4]


  1. ^ a b Ghosh Dastidar, Sachi (2008). Empire's Last Casualty: Indian Subcontinent's vanishing Hindu and other Minorities. Kolkata: Firma KLM. p. 201. ISBN 81-7102-151-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kamra, A.J. (2000). The Prolonged Partition and its Pogroms: Testimonies on Violence Against Hindus in East Bengal 1946-64. New Delhi: Voice of India. p. 215. ISBN 81-85990-63-8. 
  3. ^ "Pakistan Protests Indian Temple, Moslems Riot in Bangladesh". Associated Press. 11 November 1989. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "50 Reported Injured During Riots Over Indian Temple". Associated Press. 18 November 1989. Retrieved 12 November 2012.