A group of people entered the temple after devotees had left and smashed up the Kali idol, set fire to the Gita, and torched the Vishnu temple on the premises of Sarbojonin Vishnu Temple at Pokati village.
Chakra Mohan Sarker, president of the Sarbojonin Vishnu Temple Committee, said devotees had left the temple at midnight after praying.
"We believe the perpetrators sneaked into the temple after our departure. They set fire to the Gita, and smashed up the idols” he said.[caption id="attachment_28702" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Miscreants set fire to the Gita inside the temple Zakir Mostafiz[/caption]
After a mob attacked the Hindu-populated area of Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria, the incident in Thakurgaon has put the locals on edge.
Locals claimed the incident took place late Thursday night.
Police arrested Poygam Ali at 4pm on Friday. Poygam won the union council election on October 31 and is also the organising secretary of Thakurgaon BNP unit.
Toimur Rahman, secretary general of Thakurgaon BNP, denied any involvement on Poygam's part, claiming it a political conspiracy to put away the newly-elected chairman.
He urged people to dispel rumours and maintain communal harmony.