Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very angry in view of the violent attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh. He on Tuesday directed Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to take strict action against those inciting violence using religion. Hasina asked people not to believe anything on social media without checking the facts.
PM Sheikh Hasina ordered the Home Minister
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said that domestic elements opposing Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan 50 years ago are still spewing venom to incite violence, spreading hate speech and hypocrisy. The Dhaka Tribune newspaper quoted Cabinet Secretary Anwarul Islam as saying that Prime Minister Hasina, during the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday, directed Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to immediately initiate action against those who instigated violence using religion. .
Attacks on Hindus started in Bangladesh since last Wednesday
Attacks on Hindu temples in Bangladesh have increased since last Wednesday. In fact, earlier a post allegedly blasphemous was seen on social media during Durga Puja celebrations. A mob damaged 66 houses and set at least 20 houses on fire in Bangladesh late on Sunday night.
PM’s special appeal regarding social media
The Prime Minister, who attended the meeting through video conference from her official residence, asked the people of the country not to believe anything on social media without checking the facts. He directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to remain vigilant and take steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
Police probing Comilla violence
Local media reports that six people from the Hindu community have been killed in separate attacks, but this figure could not be independently confirmed. The Home Minister said that the Comilla incident is being investigated. He said that the Home Ministry is working to bring the accused to justice. Hasina has announced to provide all possible help to the families of the victims.
Deployment of paramilitary forces to stop the violence
The statement from the Ministry of External Affairs underlined that the Government of Bangladesh condemns these incidents and takes serious note of the reaction from within and outside the Hindu community. The ministry said that the government had deployed paramilitary forces, taking prompt steps to assist the police and administration for the protection of Hindu shrines and statues.
450 suspects arrested so far
Police had arrested 450 suspects in different parts of the country and search is on to nab more suspects. A police spokesman said a total of 71 cases have been registered and 450 people have been arrested so far. The Foreign Office claimed in a statement that Bangladesh is perhaps the only country where large religious festivals of all religions are celebrated on public holidays.
Awami League is doing souharda rally
Meanwhile, the ruling Awami League party is holding harmony rallies and taking out peaceful processions across the country on Tuesday against the recent communal violence. Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Qadir said at a rally here that do not be afraid, Hindu brothers and sisters. Sheikh Hasina and Awami League are with you.