The state minister distributed TK10,000 among the severely affected 28 Hindu families
State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan on Wednesday said that the perpetrators of violence and arson attacks in the houses of the Hindu community in Pirganj must face exemplary punishment.
"Those who want to obstruct the development and advancement of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government are creating riots to destroy the atmosphere of communal harmony in the country," he said.
He was distributing cash grants, dry foods, rice and cattle fodders on behalf of the Ministry of Religious Affairs among the violence victim 66 families of the Hindu community at Kasba Majhipara village in Pirganj upazila as the chief guest.
The state minister distributed Tk10,000 among the severely affected 28 Hindu families and Tk5, 000 among 38 other affected families of the village.
Faridul said that the people's representatives, administration and people must remain united against the defeated forces of independence, bomb attackers and communal forces under the leadership of the premier like in the last twelve years.
"Then, none will be able to take the opportunity of chaos in the country," he said.
The state minister said that Bangladesh had gained independence through the Great War of Liberation under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and with the help of people irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
"A non-communal Bangladesh is our constitutional base. Everyone in the society should be aware of the fact, so that the vicious clique of the defeated anti-liberation forces of 1971 could no longer harm communal harmony," he added.
Presided over by Rangpur Deputy Commissioner Md Asib Ahsan, Senior Vice-chairman of the Hindu Religious Welfare Trust Manoranjan Shil Gopal and its Vice Chairman Subrata Pal addressed the occasion as special guests.
Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs Md Naib Ali Mandal, Rangpur Superintendent of Police Biplob Kumar Sarker, Director of Islamic Foundation for Rangpur Division Md Abul Kalam, Pirganj Upazila Chairman Nur Mohammad Mandal and Pirganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Biroda Rani Roy were present.