Police foil students’ long march towards Nasirnagar

Police foil students’ long march towards Nasirnagar

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Brahmanbaria – Police on Friday foiled the planned long march of the students of Dhaka University (DU) and Jahangirnagar University (JU) towards Nasirnagar in Ashuganj upazila.The long march was arranged demanding immediate arrest of those involved in attacks on the Hindu community in Nasirnagar and the removal of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque for his disparaging remarks about the Hindus following the attacks.
Police intercepted the marchers at Ashuganj roundabout around 11 am and did not allow them to proceed further on security ground, said additional police super Iqbal Hossain.
However, the law enforcers allowed a seven-member team of JU students to go to Nasirnagar in a microbus to distribute relief items among the victims.
Students of the two universities started the long march from the capital in the morning to press for their demands.
Earlier, police beefed up security in the district following the long march.
On October 30, a group of religious zealots carried out a synchronised attack on Hindu people, vandalising around 100 homes and temples and looting their valuables, including cash, gold ornaments and idols, television and mobile phones. The two-hour mayhem reportedly followed a Facebook post from the account of a local fisherman, ‘hurting the religious sentiment’ of Muslims.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sayedul‘s role came into question as he allegedly made derogatory remarks about the minority people following the attacks.
Unidentified miscreants set fire to at least six houses of Hindus at different villages in Nasirnagar upazila on November 5 and torched another Hindu house at Changapur village in the same upazila on November 13 amid huge outcry following the previous attack on the Hindu community. – UNB

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