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Brahmanbaria communal attack condemned

Update : 03 Nov 2016, 01:19 AM
Blaming local administration for lack of initiatives to protect the Hindu families and their temples, they urged the government to take necessary initiative so that radicalised and communal groups cannot make any such attack in future. It is mentionable that an unruly mob of hundreds of people on October 30 noon carried out the attack, demolishing over a dozen temples and Puja pavilions as well as vandalising and looting more than 100 houses in Nasirnagar upazila Brahmanbaria district on October 30. At a rally held in front of National Press Club in Dhaka, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) secretary general Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed said the government failed to protect Hindus and minority community for which, radicalised and communal groups succeeded attacking them for several times. If the local administration would have taken necessary initiative immediately, the attack to Hindu families and their temples would not have been turned to such massacre, he said. He informed that CPB will hold countrywide demonstration programme on November 8 condemning attack on minorities. On the other hand, Democratic Left Alliance, a combined group of eight left leaning political parties also organised a protest programme in front of National Press Club protesting communal violence, attack on Hindu temples and also against targeted killing. They demanded the government to arrest the attackers responsible for communal attacks in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj districts. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Jamaat-e- Islami blamed local administration for the attacks to Hindu families and their temples carried out in recently in Brahmmanbaria, Habiganj and Gopalgang districts. In a press statement issued yesterday, Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Mia Ghulam Porwar said if the local government would had taken immediate action against the person who defamed and criticised Kaba Sharif, then the incident could not have been made. Condemning such attacks, he said: “None should take administrative power on their own hands. Everyone should respect laws while the government should reestablish administrative rules and restore public confidence” In a statement issued yesterday, expressing grave concern and anger, non-government organisation Manusher Jonno Foundation condemned the attack. “Their objective (who carried out the attack) is to drive out the minority people from the country and seize their rights. Such incident is an ill intention to humiliate the image of Bangladesh around the world,” the release said. The NGO also expected that governments and citizen groups, along with Muslim neighbors would come forward to secure harmony among minority and majority communities in the area, and demanded a fare investigation into the mayhem. Meanwhile, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque has blamed the incompetence of the local administration for the attacks on the Hindu families and their temples in Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district four days ago. The NHRC Chairman, while addressing a seminar in Dhaka yesterday termed the incident shameful. The NHRC Chairman said they had sent a three-member team to the spot to get deeper into what really had happened on that fateful day.
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