Protests across Bangladesh against attacks on Hindu temples

Protests across Bangladesh against attacks on Hindu temples

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Dhaka – People across Bangladesh staged demonstrations on Friday protesting the attacks on Hindu community members in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj districts of the country.
Meanwhile, miscreants set six dwelling structures of the Hindu community on fire at Nasirnagar upazila headquarters early Friday, escalating tension further in the trouble-hit upazila.

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In Capital Dhaka, Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mahajote (BJHM) formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the morning protesting the repeated attacks on the Hindu community in Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district.
Later, a rally was also held with BJHM president Dr Probash Chandra Ray in the chair.
Speakers put forward a five-point demand, including the resignation of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sayedul Haque for his derogatory remark over the attacks on the Hindu community, initiating a judicial inquiry into the attacks and constituting a Hindu protection law and minority commission.
They also demanded removal of the Superintendent of Police (SP) of the district and the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Nasirnagar in connection with the incident.
The Jote leaders also threatened to go on a tougher movement if their demands are not met within the next 15 days.
Dhaka University students arranged a rally at Shahbagh intersection at noon protesting the gruesome attacks on the Hindu community in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj districts.
During the demonstration, they attacked the vehicle of Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif while he was passing through the intersection after attending a programme at RC Majumdar auditorium of the university.
Later, the ruling party leader got down from the vehicle and expressed his solidarity with the students.
In another protest programme in the capital, writers, artists and cultural activists formed a human chain in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh intersection and brought out a torch procession in the afternoon protesting the dreadful attacks on the Hindu community.
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, a cultural body, also arranged a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city demanding the arrest of the perpetrators of the Brahmanbaria mayhem.
In Panchagarh, the Hindu Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad brought out a protest rally from the Central Shaheed Minar in the morning.
Later, the participants formed a human chain at Sher-e-Bangla Park where the rally culminated after parading through important streets of the town, demanding exemplary punishment of the culprits.
In Munshiganj, district unit of Puja Udjapan Parishad in association with the Hindu Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad and Chhatra Jubo Oikya Parishad formed a human chain in front of the local press club in the district town in the morning.
At the human chain, speakers demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants who carried out the attacks on the Hindu community in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj.
In Bagerhat, district unit of Hindu Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad and Puja Udjapan Parishad jointly formed a human chain at Sadhonar intersection in the district town in the morning.
The speakers demanded immediate arrest of the perpetrators of the attacks on houses, temples and business establishments of the Hindu community in Brahmanbaria.
The participants also demanded immediate removal of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque for his derogatory remarks over the recent attacks on the Hindu community.
In Barguna, Puja Udjapan Parishad of the district in collaboration with district unit of Hindu Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad arranged a rally and formed a human chain at Barguna Press Club protesting the heinous attacks on the Hindu community in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj.
They also demanded removal of the fisheries and livestock minister and capital punishment for the offenders.
In Sylhet, the district unit of Hindu Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad arranged a rally and brought out a protest procession in Osmaninagar upazila in the afternoon demanding the immediate arrest of the hoodlums.
Meanwhile, miscreants set six dwelling structures of the Hindu community on fire at Nasirnagar upazila headquarters early Friday, escalating tension further in the trouble-hit upazila.
The incident took place four days after the attacks on temples, houses and business establishments of the Hindu community in the upazila.
Locals said miscreants set fire to the cowshed of Phul Kishore Sarkar, three kitchen rooms of Mrinal Kanti Sarkar and Amar Deb, an abandoned house of Santu Kabiraj and a house of Sagar Das around 4 am.
“It seemed that the perpetrators are within the village as it’s not possible for anyone to flee after committing such crime amid security cordon,” said additional superintendent of police Iqbal Hossain..
He also said additional members of police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be deployed at the village to fend off further trouble.
Meanwhile, people in several districts, including the capital, registered their protest against the attacks on temples, houses and business establishments of the Hindu community.
Rallies were brought out and human chains formed protesting the heinous acts.
On October 30, an unruly mob equipped with sharp weapons went berserk and demolished a number of Hindu temples and nearly 100 houses in Nasirnagar upazila following a rumour of a Facebook post demeaning the Holy Kaaba.
Two cases were later filed against 1,200 unnamed people with the local police station in connection with the incident. – UNB             Our staff reporter added: Protest rallies were  organised by expatriate Bangladesh Nationals in UK and USA, according to reports received in Dhaka.

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