UNO withdrawn, 'Nasirnagar attackers to be brought to justice'

UNO withdrawn, ‘Nasirnagar attackers to be brought to justice’

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Dhaka – Nasirnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Chowdhury Moazzem Ahmed was withdrawn on Sunday following the recent attacks on temples, houses and business establishments of the Hindu community in the upazila, UNB news agency reported.
Additional deputy commissioner of the district Bashirul Haq Bhuiyan said the UNO was withdrawn for negligence of duty.However, the local administration has asked Chowdhury Moazzem Ahmed to report to the Public Administration Ministry, he said.
Earlier on November 2, officer-in-charge of Nasirnagar Police Station Abdul Quader was withdrawn on the same charge.
On October 30, an unruly mob equipped with sharp weapons went berserk and demolished a number of Hindu temples and nearly 100 houses in the upazila following a rumour of a Facebook post demeaning the holy Kaaba.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque on Sunday said those involved in the recent attacks on Hindu community members in Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria will be brought to justice as soon as possible.
The IGP came up with the remark while exchanging views with religious leaders of Hindu, Buddha and Christian communities at the Police Headquarters.
“Such incidents are very regrettable and unacceptable. We’re shocked at the heinous incidents,” he said.
A vested quarter is conspiring to destroy the country’s religious harmony by spreading propaganda, said the IGP adding, ”Our stance in such incidents is ‘zero tolerance’. The government is very much aware and active in this regard.”
Instructions have already been given to form committees with representatives from all religions at upazila, district and divisional levels to maintain religious harmony in the country, the IGP said. “We’ll prevent such through united works.”
Leaders of the Hindu, Buddha and Christian Communities called upon the IGP to take instant action if any incident to destroy communal harmony occurs in any place of the country.
They demanded fair investigation into the recent incidents and immediate steps for ensuring quick trial of the offenders.
They also sought a monitoring cell at the Police Headquarters to monitor cases filed in connection with attacks on minority community across the country.
The IGP briefed journalists about the progress of probe into the cases filed with different police stations related to the attacks on minority community people during the last three years.
Top officials of different police and intelligence agencies, including Additional IGP of Special Branch Dr Mohammad Javed Patwari, DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia, and president of Bangladesh Buddha Kristy Prochar Sangha Shuddhananda Mohather, general secretary of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation Ashok Barua, president of Bangladesh Christian Association Nirmal Rozario and central president of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad Joyanta Sen Dipu were, among others, present at the meeting. – UNB

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