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IGP: Democratic, secular Bangladesh is not for militants

  • Published at 05:59 am October 13th, 2016
IGP: Democratic, secular Bangladesh is not for militants
Police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque has said that militants who attack on worshipping places and kill people in the name of religion do not follow any religion. “They [militants] kill Muslims, Hindus … They carry out attacks on mosques and temples. They do not have any religion,” the IGP said Wednesday while visiting Bibika Rouja at Sutrapur in Dhaka on the occasion of Ashura. He added that there would be no room for militancy in democratic, secular Bangladesh. In the last couple of years, several militant groups aiming at establishing Shariah law in the country have killed dozens of secularists, non-Muslim and non-Sunni preachers, teachers, law enforcers and foreigners. The government has announced zero tolerance policy towards religious extremism while the law enforcement agencies are carrying out crackdowns on the militants, especially after the July 1 Gulshan cafe attack, and beefed up security measures. The police also chief thanked the Hindus and the Shia Muslims for observing Bijoya Dashami and Tazia processions peacefully, amid tightened security measures. The main Tazia procession was brought out from the Hussaini Dalan Imambara at 10am and it ended at Jhigatola’s makeshift Karbala arranged by the Dhaka South City Corporation. Though this year the mourners were not seen lamenting by flagellating themselves with sharp weapons during the Tazia procession, in some locations they cut themselves with blades as knives were not allowed to carry.