Communal violence: Protesters stage demo at Shahbagh


Dhaka, Oct 23: Several hundred people from different organisations of the Hindu community on Saturday observed a sit-in and mass hunger strike at the capital’s Shahbagh intersection protesting the recent attacks on temples and vandalism of idols.

The protesters started the demonstration at Shahbagh intersection at 6:00 am Saturday.

The demonstration is part of countrywide processions, rallies and demonstrations staged by the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBUC).

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasad) president Hasanul Huq Inu demanded security of the minority community people across the country and justice for the communal attacks carried out at different places.

“The attacks were carried out on the minority community people because of the negligence of the administration,” Inu said adding, “A non-communal political party and administration is a must to form non-communal Bangladesh.”

Charu Chanda Das, general secretary of Iskcon Bangladesh, said that attacks on Hindu establishments are not new in Bangladesh.

The recent attacks could have been prevented had the perpetrators of the previous attacks been brought to book, he added.

Sammilito Sangskritik Jote president Golam Kuddus said, “Bangladesh achieved independence with the contributions of both Muslims and Hindus so that we could peacefully live together. But some perpetrators are trying to disrupt the harmony through communal violence. We strongly condemned this and demand punishment of the culprits.”

Taposhi Rani Sarkar, president of Hindu Buddhist Christian Mohila Upaparishad, said there will be no minorities left in Bangladesh if such incidents keep happening.

BHBUC central president Nim Chandra Bhowmik was present.