Bhola mayhem: Part of a heinous conspiracy

22 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Sunday mayhem in Bhola, the September 2012 incident in Ramu under Cox’s Bazar and the one in Brahmanbaria’s Nasirnagar in 2016 are separate occurrences in the limited sense that those took place at points of time punctuated by a few years and at three different places. But in terms of the background conspiracies behind them, hacking of Facebook accounts of religious minority people and spreading false and fabricated remarks about the Muslim religion as well as the patterns of mobilisation and types of protests, those incidents are not at all isolated from one another.

Those are, rather, permeated by some common threads of disrupting the traditional communal harmony among the people of all religions, tarnishing the secular image of the country and creating anarchy in society with the ulterior motive, first, of upsetting the government’s ongoing drives against terrorism, militancy, drug proliferation and corruption, and then retarding or halting the growth of the national economy. Noticeably, all of these anarchic incidents took place during Awami League rule, obviously with the evil intention of discrediting Sheikh Hasina’s government internationally.

In the Ramu incident a Facebook account under a male Buddhist name was hacked and used to tag an image depicting the desecration of the Holy Qur’an. In a similar manner, a Facebook post allegedly from the account of a 27 year old Hindu man was used to hurt Muslim sentiment in the Nasirnagar event. And in the latest occurrence in Bhola, the Facebook ID of yet another Hindu boy was hacked to spread derogatory remarks about Allah and Prophet Muhammad. In all the cases, the allegations of insulting remarks by non-Muslim individuals were found false and fabricated. In the earlier two cases, synchronised attacks were conducted on the dwelling and prayer houses of the Buddhist and Hindu people. However, in the Bhola incident no such attacks on minority people were reported, thanks to the prompt action of the law enforcers.

Despite the fact that the FB account of the boy in Bhola was hacked by criminal gangs and that the boy was not at all guilty of the alleged offence, some vested quarters still find it convenient to continue fanning communal hatred. These are parts of a heinous conspiracy to undo the achievements that the country has gained so far under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and thus deserve to be dealt with an iron fist. Any lenient attitude to such designs will only see the repetition of similar incidents.