DHAKA, Bangladesh - The United Nations has called for a stop to religiously motivated violence against minorities and an independent probe into recent attacks against the Hindu community in Bangladesh.
"Recent attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh fuelled by hate speech on social media are against the values of the Constitution and need to stop," Mia Seppo, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh, said in a statement on Monday.
"We call upon Government to ensure the protection of minorities and an impartial probe. We call upon all to join hands to strengthen inclusive, tolerant Bangladesh."
A Facebook post saying that the Quran had been insulted at a temple in Cumilla during Durga Puja, Hinduism's biggest festival, sparked a wave of religious hate crimes across Bangladesh.
On Sunday, arsonists burned down and robbed at least 29 homes in the Pirganj Upazila of the northern district. The perpetrators also vandalized a local Hindu temple.
A report that a Facebook post had purportedly blasphemed against religion sparked the violence.
The perpetrators of the arson assaults on Hindu homes in two Rangpur villages were 'identified immediately,' according to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, and police apprehended 45 individuals.