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Attacks on Hindus

BNP forms two bodies to probe

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has formed two committees to carry out an investigation into a series of attacks on members of the Hindu community in different places of the country.

The decision to conduct the probe came from a meeting of the BNP’s standing committee, the highest policy-making body of the party, held virtually on Saturday with its acting Chairman Tarique Rahman in the chair. Tarique joined the event virtually from London.

One committee is headed by party standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, which will visit the scenes of the attacks and extended its sympathy to the affected people while the other one is led by Supreme Court Bar Association General Secretary Ruhul Kuddus Kajol, which is entrusted with the task of looking into the incidents.

The committees will visit the affected areas immediately and will submit the report to the central body.

“The meeting believes that the ruling party (Awami League) is practising politics of division in a bid to prolong their illegal stay in power. This bloodshed and looting is going on,” said a statement of the BNP standing committee.

The BNP leaders accused the governing Awami League of creating the communal crisis to divert people’s attention away for their failure to run the state.

They also hit out at the government for its ‘failure’ to ensure safety of people from all religions and called upon the government to make sure that followers of the Sanatan faiths can practise their religion without any hindrance.  

The BNP policymakers demanded that an official investigation be conducted immediately and culprits involved in the attacks on Hindus be brought to book without delay.

The meeting also voiced concern over the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran during Durga Puja, attacks on puja mandaps and deaths of some people during the firing by police in Gazipur, Noakhali, Choumuhoni, Chattogram and Dhaka.

Al Amin/mynuddin