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Eminent citizens express concern

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  • 19 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Eminent citizens express concern

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Eminent citizens, including former minister, academicians and right activists have expressed concern over the attacks on mandaps and temples of the Hindu community in different parts of the country recently.

“With deep concern, we have observed that minority Hindu community couldn’t celebrate the religious festival peacefully this year.

A fearful situation was created by attacking the mandaps, vandalizing the idols and  houses of minority group.  The situation does not represent the spirit of independence achieved through liberation war,” reads the statement signed by Prof MM Akash of Economics Department at Dhaka University.

The civil society members also demanded exemplary punishment to the conspirators behind the attacks.

The statement is acknowledged by the eminent citizens including Sultana Kamal (rights activist), Barrister Shafique Ahmed (former minister), Dr Sarwar Ali (Trustee of Liberation War Museum), Khushi Kabir (Coordinator, Nijera Kori), Ramendu Majumdar (Playwright), Abul Momen (Educationist), Prof Mahfuza Khanam (educationist), Dr Selim Jahan (international development specialist), Rasheda K Choudhury ( Former Advisor), Dr Rashid-E-Mahbub (Former BMA president), Dr Moinul Islam, Anwar Hossain (Former UGC professor), Dr Abul Barkat( President, Economy Society) Debapriya (Deb) Bhattacharya( Distinguished Fellow, CPD), Meghna Guhathakurta (Executive Director, Beer), Dr Tazul Islam ( Former JU pro-vice chancellor), Prof AN Rasheda, Prof Mustafizur Rahman (Distinguished Fellow, CPD), Prof Susanta Kumar Das, Prof Badiur Rahman, Prof Kaberi Gayen, Engineer Abul Kashem, Shamsul Huda (Executive Director, ALRD), advocate Subrata Chowdhury, cultural activist Mahmud Selim, Dr Lelin Chowdhury, advocate Hasan Tarique Chowdhury and Prof MM Akash.