‘BNP associates linked to Sunamganj incident’

Staff Correspondent

20 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday alleged that associates of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had a connection with the Sunamganj incident.

“Those, who destroy the country’s communal harmony, are the associates of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Communal evil forces and their associates have the connection with the Sunamganj incident,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a virtual press briefing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

The minister came up with the remark as several hundred supporters of Hefajat-e Islam attacked, vandalised and looted at least 75 Hindu houses in Noagaon village under Shalla upazila of Sunamganj on Wednesday over a Facebook post.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government is committed to ensure coexistence and security of the people of all religions, the minister said. 

A vested quarter is trying to annihilate the communal harmony in the country and they have taken the path of various tactics and conspiracies to cover up their political bankruptcy, he said.

Mentioning that the government has already instructed the authorities concerned to take stern actions against those involved in the Sunamganj incident, Quader said, “Sheikh Hasina sees a crime as a crime. Those, who are involved in this incident, should also be punished.”

Expressing sympathy to the victims of the Sunamganj incident, he said a case was filed in connection with the incident and police are trying to detain the offenders.

The AL general secretary said while the government was talking about the punishment of the accused irrespective of party affiliation in the Sunamganj incident, it was being investigated whether the BNP leaders were deliberately trying to cover up the real culprits by blaming the ruling party.

He said BNP tried to accelerate the anti-sculpture movement instigating the religious sentiments in the past, but its effort fell flat.

The BNP leaders are continuously making falsehood saying that persecution of the minorities increases when the Awami League assumes power, he said, adding “It is an imaginary allegation and falsehood.”

Quader said as per an order of the High Court, a judicial commission was formed to investigate the post-2001 incidents.

“The commission received 5,571 clear allegations of torture. Actual scenario was even grimmer. The members of the minority community were not able to submit their allegations of assault, terrorism and looting,” he said.