On October 10, 2005 Reuters reported, "Bangladesh has deployed over 200,000 police and other security forces to guard thousands of Hindu temples as the religious minority celebrates its biggest festival, Durga Puja, this week. The Puja began on Sunday and will run through Thursday when colourful clay idols of Goddess Durga will be immersed in rivers across the country. State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar said on Sunday the government had taken tough measures to ensure Hindus were not disturbed or attacked during the Puja. Babar said he believed the celebrations would be mostly peaceful, reflecting the mainly Muslim nation's principles of tolerance and respect for other religions. But Hindu leaders have been worried about attacks this year following a spate of bomb attacks across the country blamed on Islamist militants."