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Nasirnagar attacks: Shahbagh protesters call for long-march on Nov 18

Update : 15 Nov 2016, 05:47 PM
The demonstrators, mostly from the Dhaka University and pro-Hindu groups, took position at Dhaka's Shahbagh intersection around 11am Tuesday. Manik Rokshit, a student leader, declared plans for a long-march to Nasirnagar from Shahbagh on November 18. Ovi Roy, one of the organisers of the protest, said: “The government is not paying heed to our demands. It has yet to take actions over the attacks on Hindus and temples in Nasirnagar of Brahmanbaria.” Tuesday's demonstration severely disrupted vehicular movement in Shahbagh, a key area in Dhaka. Delwar Hossain, secretary of forest and environment affairs of Awami League visited Shahbagh on behalf General Secretary Obaidul Quader to discuss with the students. He said: “We have heard your six-point demands and will discuss those and take actions accordingly.” Ovi said: “We will step up our protest, if our demands, including removal of Livestock Minister Sayedul Haque, are not met at once.” Shahbagh police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abu Bakar Siddique told the Dhaka Tribune over the phone the road in front of National Museum was blocked while the protesters maintained their position. OC Siddique said the police were working to resume traffic to normal after the protesters departed. DU Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Siddique met with the student protesters and briefed them. A mob attacked at least 17 temples and more than 50 houses belonging to the Hindus in Nasirnagar upazila on Oct 30 over a defamatory Facebook post allegedly by a Hindu youth. More than 100 people were injured in the attack. The ruling Awami League suspended three of its Nasirnagar unit leaders for their involvement. A total of 74 people have been arrested in connection to the attacks.
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