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'Stop evicting minorities in the name of progress'

  • Published at 09:55 pm December 8th, 2016
  • Last updated at 11:00 am October 30th, 2017
'Stop evicting minorities in the name of progress'
They asked the government to stop the eviction of minorities in the name of progress at a press conference at Dhaka's Reporter's Unity on Thursday. They called to save temples from government land acquisition as well as for the protection of a Muslim graveyard and minority homes by changing both district and local maps. The disputed land is part of Nathpara area in Korolgram village under Putia upazila along the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Putia Bypass Road. Victims said that if the government changed as little as 250 to 300 yards from the map of 2008 and 2009, then 40 houses, the Muslim graveyard and Mohananda Sebashram will be saved. Sultana Kamal asked why the government was going ahead with the plans even though local parliamentarians recommended against it. “We don't know why the government wants to make roads where there are religious buildings even though local parliamentarians recommend against it?” Protesting attacks on the minority community Kamal Lohani said: “We fought against Pakistan for our rights, but if we need to fight our own in an independent Bangladesh as well then where will we go to find the spirit of Independence? We don't know why the face of the country has not changed.” The conference was attended by Sultana Kamal, Khushi Kabir, Kamal Lohani, Sara Hossain, Prof Abul Barkat and other renowned human rights activists.