Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad on Saturday observed a mass sit-in and hunger strike in the capital protesting communal attacks on Hindu community in different parts of the country.
The Parishad organised the event in front of the National Museum in Shahbagh area.
"We are condemning all communal attacks in the name of religion. We urge the government to arrest the perpetrators immediately and ensure exemplary punishment," said Asim Kumar Sarker, a professor of Sanskrit Department at Dhaka University (DU). Speaking on the occasion, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haq Inu said the attack was not just an attack on Hindus, but it was an attack on all Bengalis.
"Minorities have been attacked due to the negligence of the administration. A part of them is responsible for this."
Ranjan Karmakar, secretary general of Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA), said the human rights of Hindu, Buddhist and Christians in the country need to be ensured.
"If this is not done, Bangabandhu's dream of a golden Bengal will be shattered. Communal forces are repeatedly hindering the progress of the country. The problem of attacks on minorities is a political problem, which needs to be addressed politically."
Golam Kuddus, president of Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, said that Bangladesh achieved independence with the contribution of both Muslims and Hindus so that all can peacefully live together.