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‘Form rights commission for minorities’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 February, 2023 12:00 AM
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Speakers at a programme have emphasised the importance for forming an independent commission to protect rights of the minority people, including Hindus in the country.

They made the demand at a daylong National Hindu Conference organised by Bangladesh Jatiyo Hindu Mohajote (BJHM) at Mahanagar Natyamancha in the capital on Saturday.

Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, India Dilip Ghosh inaugurated the annual conference through videoconference.

Connecting over online, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice president Dilip Ghosh mentioned that India and Bangladesh maintain shared history as culture and traditions of people are similar.

“We observe fifty years of friendship. India will continue support for Bangladesh as the neighbouring nation stood during Liberation War in 1971,” he said through connected the conference online.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JCD) president Hasanul Haq Inu was present in the programme as the chief guest while BJHM secretary general Gobinda Chandra Pramanik delivered welcome speech on the occasion.

Jatiya Party (JP) co-chairman Syed Abu Hossain Babla, former state minister for Women and children Affairs Salma Islam and JSD vice president Shahidul Islam attended the programme as the guests of honour, with BJHM president Bidhan Bihari Goswami in chair.

Managing Director of Bashundhara Group, the country's largest industrial conglomerate, Sayem Sobhan Anvir sponsored the food item for over 4,000 participants of the conference.

Addressing the programme, JSD chief Hasanul Haq demanded for speedy trial of all communal violence occurred in recent times in different parts of the country.

 “There are some incidents of attack on Hindus. Although they were attacked, cases were filed against them,” he said, urging the authorities concerned to dispose of all the cases related to community violence. The left leaning leader also supported the proposal of the Hindus for establishing special rights commission for the community.

Speaking on the occasion, Advocate Salma Islam pledged to take the issue of the Hindu community before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for their well-beings.

“I will try to convey your (Hindus) words to head of the government (Sheikh Hasina). We will share the demand of Hindus through newspapers and media. We are hopeful to develop a society with communal harmony,” she said.

Kaler Kantho deputy editor Haider Ali and News24 deputy chief news editor Ashikur Rahman Srabon and Hindu Youth Grand Alliance general secretary Mrinal Kanti Madhu were present, among others.

Besides, leaders and activists of BJHM from across the country also joined the event.