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Protest held demanding justice for monk Amritananda killing

  • Published at 10:33 pm August 29th, 2019
Dhaka University Buddhist Students' Union (Dubsu)
Dhaka University Buddhist Students' Union (Dubsu) organizes a human chain at the Anti-Terrorism Raju Memorial Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus on Thursday Dhaka Tribune

The incident of killing Amritananda is intentional to keep the Buddhist community and the country's people under fear

Protesters have demanded exemplary punishment of the killers of Buddhist monk Amritananda Vikkhu by identifying them immediately. 

They came up with the demand at a human chain at the Anti-Terrorism Raju Memorial Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus under the banner of Dhaka University Buddhist Students' Union (Dubsu).

On August 25, police found the body of Amritananda alias Shuddho Bikash Chakma, vice-principal of the Gayanratna Buddhist Bihar (temple) in Feni, from the river bank of Gomti in Comilla.

The protesters claimed Amritananda was murdered while he was returning to Feni from Dhaka by train.

Addressing the program, Buddha Nanda Maha Thero, vice-president of Buddhist Aid Foundation, said: "Attack on the Buddhist community is a matter of great sorrow as Bangladesh is a secular country and so is the incumbent government. We demand an ultimate solution to such repeated attacks on the community in this non-communal country."

He urged the government to take necessary steps to keep Buddhists safe.

Nirmal Rozario, president of Bangladesh Christian Association, said: "Buddhist monks have dedicated their lives for mankind. The incident of killing Amritananda is intentional to keep the community and the country's people under fear. The terrorist groups are trying to embarrass the government and make the country unstable."

He, however, demanded safety of leaders of all religions in the country. 

Sukumar Barua, former chairman of the Pali and Buddhist Department of Dhaka University, said: "Our religious establishments should be safe."

"Have faith in the law and order of the country, we do believe, the government will bring the perpetrators to book," he added.

Dubsu President Rana Barua and its General Secretary Saikat Barua, Buddhist students, monks, among others, were present at the program.