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DMP chief: Priya Saha to be brought under legal process

  • Published at 05:30 pm July 20th, 2019
DMP Commissioner Ashaduzzaman Mia accepting crest in a debate competition event at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation on Saturday, July 20, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

He also said Priya Saha’s remarks are completely fabricated and baseless

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia has said that the Home Ministry is working to bring Priya Saha under the legal process.

He also said: “Priya Saha’s remarks are completely fabricated and baseless. Her statement is anti-national. It is part of an international conspiracy.”

DMP commissioner made the statement in response to a question of a journalist at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in a debate competition event on Saturday.

Debit for Democracy organized the anti-violent extremism shadow parliamentary debate program.

Priya Saha, a Bangladeshi national, participated in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC from July 16-18. 

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen also attended the meeting.

Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 foreign ministers, took part in the meeting at the invitation of Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state.

A video clip, that later went viral on social media, showed Priya, one of the organizing secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, pleading to Trump to save 18 million people of minority groups in Bangladesh from persecution.

She alleged that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from the country, persecuted at the hands of fundamentalist Muslims groups, who enjoyed political support.

The DMP commissioner said: “Our Foreign Ministry has protested the comments of Priya Saha. Legal action will be taken against her after proper investigation.”

"This is an international conspiracy to hamper all development, democracy, sovereignty and progress in Bangladesh," he said.

“We provide adequate protection of various religious festivals of the Hindu and Christian communities including Rathjatra, Durga Puja and Christmas. We are playing active role in the activities of the minorities so that no one can oppress, harass and attack them.”

“I can challenge that there has not been any such incident in the country where minorities were tortured and made disappear.”

At the program, the commissioner said religious, family and social values are important as well as political will to combat violent extremism. 

“We have been able to control extremism in Bangladesh.”

Mentioning that a certain amount of crime will always occur, he said there is no reason to worry about safety because crime is under control in Dhaka.

University of South Asia and Darunnazat Siddikia Kamil Madrasah participated in the shadow parliament debate competition. The University of South Asia won the competition.

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