Govt enough to secure religious minorities in Bangladesh: Information minister

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Dhaka, June 13: Information Minister Hasaul Haq Inu on Monday said that the government is enough to ensure safety for the religious minority groups in Bangladesh.

“There is no need for the government to seek help from a neighbouring country to ensure security for the minority groups in the country,” the minister said in a press conference held at the Secretariat.

He said the government’s tough stance has ensured the religious rights of minority groups in the country.

Multiple newspapers in India have cited the Press Trust of India (PTI) to suggest that ‘two leaders from Bangladesh’s Hindu community’ had sought security from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the killing of several Hindus.

“The government is working to maintain harmony among the people. Pujas are celebrated alongside the Eid of sacrifice. They can practice their faith because the government is providing security,” Inu said in reply to a query.

“So I don’t believe there is a need to urge the leader of a neighbouring country for ensuring security of minority religious groups. We are enough,” he added.

The PTI report used by Indian media quoted a representative of the Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council and a former managing director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation.

The minister claimed the targeted killings by suspected militants were part of an anti-government conspiracy being led by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

“Religious minorities have come under this attack like other ordinary citizens of this country,” the information minister said.

These have not destroyed our communal harmony, Inu said, adding that there are no riots and these are attacks by terrorists.

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