Hasan says Awami League does not believe in communal politics and is not with the politics of terrorism
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday said the government is determined to ensure punishment of those, who are involved in violence and arson attacks in Pirganj of Rangpur.
“The BNP-Jamaat fanatical clique patronizes militancy. They have conducted arson attacks and violence against the Hindu community in Pirganj. If necessary, the attackers will be arrested through a combing operation,” he said.
The minister said this while talking to reporters after addressing a rally. Later, he visited the burnt and damaged houses of the affected Hindu families in Majhipara village of Pirganj upazila in the district.
Dr Hasan said communal forces are behind the violence. The incidents in Comilla, Chandpur, Noakhali, Ulipur and Pirganj are linked to one another by the same formula and there is provocation of the communal politicians behind these incidents.
“We are investigating every incident. None of the perpetrators will be spared. The Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians all belong to this country and everyone has equal rights,” he said.
Claiming that BNP-Jamaat practices anti-state politics, Hasan said Awami League does not believe in communal politics and is not with the politics of terrorism.
“Our first identity is Bangali. And the first identity of BNP is religion,” he said and called upon the party leaders and workers to be vigilant in maintaining peace in the face of violence.
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“Our existence has been hurt. Leaders and workers have to guard vigilantly like watchmen. We do not understand Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. People of all religions are citizens of this country. Being Bengali is one of our great identities,” he said.
Earlier, the minister along with the party leaders talked to the people of the affected areas and inquired about them.
Later, the minister distributed Tk5,000 and 20 kgs of rice among each Hindu family, who became victims of violence and arson attack, in the village.