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BNP out to ignite communal riots

Says Obaidul Quader

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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BNP out to ignite communal riots

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Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is making attempts to ignite communal riots across the country. 

“BNP has resorted to conspiracy to destroy communal harmony in the country,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, made the remarks after paying homage to Sheikh Russel, the youngest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at Banani graveyard in the capital, marking his 58th birthday and ‘Sheikh Russel Day’.

The minister came up with the remark as miscreants carried out attacks on Puja mandaps during the Durga Puja celebrations and set fire to some 29 houses of the community in Rangpur’s Pirganj upazila on Sunday night.

Referring to the attack in Rangpur, Quader said the incident of setting fire to houses of the minority community at fishermen’s village in Pirganj is an example of communal violence.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is fully aware of this heinous crime,” he said.

Quader said there was not a single incident of attack on the puja mandaps during the Durga puja festival in the last 12 years.  

“But the communal forces backed by BNP created mayhem this year across the country in a planned way,” he said.

Urging all to be more careful, Quader alleged that the communal forces are carrying out propaganda on the facebook, adding that the Rangpur incident was triggered from the propaganda.

The attackers set fire on the fishermen’s village at Pirganj and attacked temples, he said, adding even the livestock also was burnt during the attack in the region.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been inquiring the matter since last night. The PM is keeping in touch with the local administration and even with us,” he said.

“We have to remain alert and vigilant at the party level on this issue,” he added.