At least two persons were injured in a bomb- and- gun attack on a religious function adjacent to a Hindu temple in Kaharol upazila of Dinajpur district Thursday night.
Local people caught two of the attackers red handed and recovered two unexploded bombs from the spot.
The injured persons identified as Mithun Chandra Roy, 27, of Syedpur village and Ranajit Chandra Roy, 45, of Eshania village of the upazila were rushed to the Dinajpur Medical College Hospital. Both Mithun and Ranajit sustained bullet wounds. The detained suspected attackers were identified as Sefayet Hossain and Shariful Islam of Palashbari upazila of Gaibandha district.
Ruhul Amin, Superintendent of Police of Dinajpur district, said, "The attack was made on a crowd on the occasion of a religious conference adjacent to a temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Dahuchi near Joynanda Bazar at around 8:00pm.
The Dinajpur SP said local people caught two of the alleged attackers while police launched drives to arrest the others. The SP, however, could not say the cause of the attack.
Quoting witnesses, police said criminals launched attacks with crude bombs indiscriminately and tried to run away from the scene firing gunshots. Local people caught two of the attackers, but a few others are believed to have fled. Local lawmaker Manaranjan Sheel Gopal and top officials of the police visited the spot.
Earlier on December 4, more than 10 people sustained injuries in bomb attack on a cultural function on the premises of Kantaji Temple and on November 18, a 78-year-old priest of a Church was shot at by criminals in Dinajpur town. Besides, a number of Christian religious leaders of several churches in Bangladesh, including one in Dinajpur, have been issued death threats.
Bishwajit Ghosh, the chairman of local Dabor Union Parishad, said they saw at least three criminals were charging bombs and firing gunshots.