An uncomfortable incident occurred at the Niamatpur Durga temple in Bangladesh's district of Brahmanbaria, causing an uproar among the local Hindu population.
Late Thursday night, a 36-year-old man named Khalil Mia committed vandalism by defacing a deity's idol at the famous shrine.
Residents of Niamatpur village, where the temple is located, were eager to reply as word of the sacrilegious deed spread like wildfire.
They took matters into their own hands and worked with the police to track down and catch the accused, Khalil Mia.
Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain, Superintendent of Police in Brahmanbaria, verified Khalil Mia's arrest and stated that the reason for his heinous deed remained unknown.
Authorities are still investigating what drove him to do such a heinous act against a precious site of worship.
The event has enraged and dissatisfied the local Hindu community. The President of Niamatpur Sarvajanin Durga Temple, Jagdish Das, expressed his dismay at the abrupt act of damage.
The temple is not just a religious symbol for the residents of the region, but also a treasured cultural relic, making the crime much more upsetting.
The incident's investigation has given some insight on the events that led up to the vandalism. Khalil Mia was on his way to visit his sister's house in Niamatpur village when a fight with other locals erupted.
The argument appears to have spurred his destructive behaviour, which resulted in the defacement of not one, but five or six Durga temple idols.
Jagdish Das filed a complaint under the Hurting Religious sensibilities and Speedy Trial Act to address the gravity of the situation and protect religious sensibilities.
The event at the Niamat Pur Durga temple has raised issues and concerns about religious tolerance and harmony in the local community.
As the inquiry continues, officials will strive to clarify the motivation behind the crime and take actions to foster unity among the region's varied cultures.