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Home minister: Priya Saha must prove ‘allegations’

  • Published at 10:51 pm July 20th, 2019
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected

Priya Saha, a Bangladeshi national, participated in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at US on July 16-18

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said Priya Saha must prove her ‘allegations’ made to US President Donald Trump, otherwise stern action will be taken against her.

“She (Priya Saha) will have to prove the allegations she made to the US president, otherwise stern action would be taken against her for the baseless, false and fabricated complaints,” he told journalists at his official Dhanmondi residence on Saturday.

“If she fails to prove the allegations, she will have to face legal action,” the minister added.

About Priya Saha’s allegations that the minority community is “enduring repression,” the home minister said: “I did not see any such kind of incident over the last five and a half years.”

“I do not have any idea about it, where such kinds of incidents took place and who was victimized …… I do not know why she gave such false statements to the US president,” he questioned.

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.

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.

Priya Saha, one of the organizing secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, was seen telling US President Donald Trump, that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from the country, persecuted at the hands of fundamentalist Muslims groups, who enjoyed political support. 

She also told Trump that her land has been grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists and sought his help so that Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people can live in Bangladesh.

Replying to a query, the home minister said Priya Saha has to prove the allegations that  she made; where the incidents took place, whose houses were burnt, and that we have not done proper investigations.

“I think there must be a reason behind such false statements. She may have a purpose. We must ask her- when and how it had happened. Of course, she will give an answer accordingly,” he said.

The minister said that you (journalists) must have seen the statement of Advocate Rana Das Gupta, adding, “I have seen it. I also saw the statement of the US ambassador.”

Describing present situation, he said, “Before the last caretaker government, the percentage of Hindu community in Bangladesh was eight plus (more than 8%) and now it rose to 10 percent. If such incidents took place, then the government and people must have known about them.”