Hindu homes burnt in Bangladesh after Facebook post supporting French president Emmanuel Macron

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Dhaka: The international controversy over cartoons of Islam’s founder Prophet Mohammed has made its presence felt in Bangladesh as well.

On Sunday, the homes of three Hindu families in the Cumilla city of Bangladesh were vandalised and burned following rumours of an alleged Facebook post slandering Islam.

According to a report by bdnews24, the attack took place in Cumilla’s Muradnagar area on Sunday.

Following the communal violence, the local police arrested two people, including the headmaster of a kindergarten school for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

“The situation is under control now,” deputy commissioner of Cumilla district Md Abul Fazal Mir told bdnews24.com.

A Bangladeshi, who is currently living in France, praised French President Emmanuel Macron in a Facebook post for acting against “inhumane ideologies”.

The school headmaster, who has also been arrested, also praised Emmanuel Macron for his actions in a comment on the Facebook post.

Later, a screenshot of the post and comment became viral on social media. A rumour also spread that the headmaster supported caricatures of the Prophet, which led to communal violence in the area.

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