They demand immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of perpetrators
A total of 25 eminent citizens have expressed concerns over the recent communal attacks and vandalism of Hindu idols across the country and asked everyone to wage an effective resistance against such heinous crimes.
They demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the people involved in the attack on temples, Puja pavilions and Hindu settlements, said a press statement on Monday.
On behalf of the eminent citizens, MM Akash, professor of Department of Economics at University of Dhaka, said: "We are deeply concerned that the country's Hindu community was unable to celebrate their biggest religious festival, Durga Puja. Attacks on various temples and houses have created a terrifying environment, which cannot be acceptable to anyone in Bangladesh.”
In past, there had been many attempts to destroy communal harmony by using religion to spread rumours and create anarchy for political purposes, he said. Lack of justice in those incidents had encouraged the perpetrators to attempt repeatedly.
The citizens also said that it was imperative to be aware of any conspiracy to misuse religion.
Among others, the signatories of the statement include human rights activist Sultana Kamal, former law minister Barrister Shafiq Ahmed, former caretaker government adviser Rasheda K Chowdhury, Liberation War Museum founder trustee Sarwar Ali, former BMA president Rashid E Mahbub, playwright Ramendu Majumdar, education expert Selim Jahan, and CPD Fellow Debapriya Bhattacharya.