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AL to do everything to protect Hindus

Party leaders tell peace rally, vow to root out communalism

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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AL to do everything to protect Hindus
Awami League leaders and activists bring out a peace procession after a harmony rally held at the Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on Tuesday in protest against attacks on Hindus in different parts of the country. – SUN PHOTO

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The ruling Bangladesh Awami League on Tuesday assured the country’s Hindu community of ensuring their protection by resisting the communal forces through united efforts.

 Awami League leaders, while addressing a peace rally in the capital, also made a vow to remain on the streets until the evil forces are rooted out from the soil of the country.

People of all religions are living in the country peacefully, but a quarter is trying to destroy their coexistence through evil acts, they told the rally held in front of the party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue.

Speaking at the peace rally, Awami League top leaders said that all efforts will be made unitedly to protect the country’s Hindu community from the communal forces.

They also urged the members of the Hindu community not to get afraid of evil forces.

Different socio-cultural and left-leaning organisations also continued to stage protest rallies and brought out processions across the country, condemning the attacks on Hindus. 

Thousands of leaders and activists of the associate and front organisations of the ruling party took part in the ‘peace and harmony procession’ with banners, festoons and placards in their hands.

They started gathering in front of the party office since morning to join the peace rally and harmony procession.

Starting from Bangabandhu Avenue, the protesters marched different city roads. The procession terminated at Central Shaheed Minar.

Severe traffic congestion was created at Gulistan and adjacent areas due to the programme.

Addressing the rally, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said they will build united resistance against communal violence under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“I would like to assure my Hindu brothers, don’t be afraid, Sheikh Hasina is with you. Awami League is with you,” he added.

“It is the recurrence of 2001 mayhem. BNP had carried out attacks on Hindu temples, vandalised idols at that time. Again, they have resorted to communal attacks and violence across the country,” he said. “During Sheikh Hasina’s rule, worship at puja mandaps is being performed on every Durga Puja, but no such incident has taken place. Suddenly, attacks on Hindu have started ahead of the next elections,” he added.

Mentioning that they held the peace rally and harmony procession to protest against such violence, Quader said Awami League will be on the streets until such communal forces are rooted out.

“Awami League leaders and activists are ready to give a befitting reply to the communal forces across the country,” he added.

Citing that the ruling party will not take such communal violence lightly, the Awami League spokesperson said none of the perpetrators of the attacks on Hindus will be spared.

AL presidium members Matia Chowdhury, Abdur Razzaque, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretaries BM Mozammel Haque and SM Kamal Hossain, forest and environment secretary Delwar Hossain, office secretary Biplab Barua, deputy publicity secretary Aminul Islam Amin and Jubo League chairman Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash, among others, joined the programme.

Earlier, Obaidul Quader announced peace rally after an emergency meeting held at Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi on Monday evening.

Under the programme, AL and its front organisations also arranged peace rallies in all the districts, metropolitans and upazilas of the country, protesting the recent acts of communal violence that took place in several districts over the past few days.

Local leaders and activists of the ruling party are scheduled to visit the localities where communal violence had taken place.

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also visited affected areas in Rangpur and vowed to bring those culprits to book.

Cumilla city AL organized a mammoth peace rally in protest against the attacks on Hindus. The rally was held at Town Hall ground with local lawmaker and city AL president AKM Bahauddin Bahar in the chair.

Chandpur district AL organised a peace rally in front of party office while district administration also organised a harmony rally at Upazila auditorium. Education Minister and joint general secretary Dipu Moni spoke at the rally.

Local Awami League and its associates bodies also held peace rally and brought out harmony procession at Hilly in Dinajpur in protest against the attacks on Hindus.

Peace rallies were also held in different parts of the country. AL brought out processions in Chattogram, Feni, Noakhali, Mymensingh, Bogura, Rajshahi, Gaibandha, Laxmipur, Khulna, Chuadanga, Jashore, Faridpur and Barishal.

Earlier on 13 October, tensions escalated across the country following alleged desecration of the Holy Quran Puja Mandap in Cumilla.

Following the incident, attacks were carried out on temples, idols and houses and business establishments of Hindu community in different districts of the country.

On 14 October, four people were killed and several others injured after clashes erupted in Chandpur triggered by the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran.

On 15 October, two persons were killed and many injured as ‘mullahs’ carried out attacks on several temples in Chowmuhani market area of Noakhali after Jumma prayers.

On 16 October, communal clashes took place in Trunk Road area of Feni town, leaving more than 50 people, including Feni Model police station officer-in-charge and additional police superintendent injured.

On October 17, over 20 houses of Hindus were burned down by a mob in Rangpur's Pirganj following a rumour that a youth from the community posted a Facebook status hurting the religious sentiment of Muslims.