Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said stern actions would be taken against those who were involved in vandalising and looting houses of Hindus in Sunamganj.
“Exemplary punishment will be given to those who were involved in vandalising and looting houses of Hindus at Noagaon village in Shalla upazila of Sunamganj,” he told reporters at a briefing at his secretariat office in the capital.Several hundred supporters of Hefajat-e-Islam attacked, vandalised and looted at least 75 Hindu houses on Wednesday over a Facebook post.
Such an incident is unexpected, said the minister.
Replying to BNP’s allegation that Bangladesh is going through a serious crisis, Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, said it is not the country, actually the BNP’s politics is going through the enormous problems.
“Politics of the BNP is now detached from the roots of people’s trust and confidence. Even though they are talking about democracy, but BNP is obstructing the path of democracy in various ways,” he said.
Quader said some of BNP leaders are issuing threats in public in the name of delivering speeches, while a BNP leader in Rajshahi threatened to stage another 15 August-like incident. Giving an open threat to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is an example of BNP’s fascist politics, he said, adding, “This threat made it clear that BNP had involved in the August 15 killing and the August 21 grenade attack.”
Earlier, Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami made a courtesy call on the Road Transport and Bridges Minister at the secretariat. Talking over the Bangladesh-India bilateral relationship, Quader said Bangladesh-India relationship successfully passed the test of time.The minister said they also discussed the progress of the ongoing projects under the ministry with the Indian loan scheme.
Mentioning that an artificial wall had been created between Bangladesh and India after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Quader said a new bridge has been set up between the two countries after Sheikh Hasina’s assumption in power.
A longstanding land dispute has been resolved while bilateral trade has increased, he said.
Talking over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu, Quader said Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh is not as a BJP leader, but as an Indian premier.
People-to-people contact alongside relations between the two governments will reach new heights through the visit, he added.