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Stolen Idol of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi found in a Mosque in Bangladesh’s Nasirnagar, Another Temple torched by Muslim Youth

On October 30, a mob of around 3,000 armed Muslims attacked nearly 100 Hindu houses and at least 10 temples, vandalising and looting valuables

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Dhaka, November 6, 2016: The idol of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, stolen from a vandalised temple, was found in a mosque in Bangladesh’s Nasirnagar, six days after communal violence rocked Brahmanbaria district, even as a Muslim youth was caught torching a Kali temple in another area on Saturday, media reports said.

Police arrested Sumon Islam, after he torched the Satpai Kali Temple in Netrokona area on Saturday morning. Locals rushed to the spot, doused the fire and nabbed Sumon, who was later handed over to the police.

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Bangladesh police recovered the Lakshmi idol from a mosque in Bitui village, in Nasirnagar sub district of Brahmanbaria, acting on a tip-off by the imam of the mosque.

The idol is suspected to have been stolen during the October 30 communal attacks in Brahmanbaria, when a dozen temples were vandalised and around 100 Hindu homes ransacked.

Politicising the attacks, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Vice-Chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed said the expulsion of three local Awami League leaders for their alleged involvement in the October 30 communal attacks proved the ruling party’s involvement in the attacks.

Ahmed demanded that the government set up a judicial inquiry to identify the real perpetrators and bring them to book, The Daily Star reported.

In another development, residents of Rishipara — a Hindu dominated locality — in Nasirnagar foiled an attempted attack on their homes on Saturday.

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Witnesses described the attackers as youths aged around 20 years, who fled on a boat on facing resistance from the locals, Dhaka Tribune reported.

This comes a day after several Hindu homes were torched in Brahmanbaria district on Friday, raising fears over growing communal tensions.

On October 30, a mob of around 3,000 armed Muslims attacked nearly 100 Hindu houses and at least 10 temples, vandalising and looting valuables.

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The attacks were reportedly in response to a Facebook post that satirised the Masjid al-Haram — a holy site for Muslims.

Police have so far detained 43 people over the attacks. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?