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Communal violence: Demonstrations at Shahbagh continue

Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council organized the demonstration on Saturday
Update : 29 Dec 2021, 03:45 PM

Several hundred people from different organizations of the Hindu community on Saturday observed a sit-in and mass hunger strike at the capital's Shahbagh intersection protesting the recent attacks on temples and vandalism of idols.

The protesters started the demonstration at the Shahbagh intersection at 6:00am on Saturday. 

The demonstration is part of countrywide processions, rallies and demonstrations staged by the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBUC).

Protesters at the Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka as a part of a demonstration against communal violence on October 23, 2021  | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasad) president Hasanul Huq Inu demanded security for the minority communities across the country and justice for the communal attacks carried out at different places.

“The attacks were carried out on the minority community people because of the negligence of the administration,” Inu said adding, “A non-communal political party and administration is a must to form non-communal Bangladesh.” 


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Charu Chanda Das, general secretary of Iskcon Bangladesh, said that attacks on Hindu establishments are not new in Bangladesh.

The recent attacks could have been prevented had the perpetrators of the previous attacks been brought to book, he added.

Protesters holding placards at the Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka as a part of a demonstration against communal violence on October 23, 2021  | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Sammilito Sangskritik Jote president Golam Kuddus said: “Bangladesh achieved independence with the contributions of both Muslims and Hindus so that we could peacefully live together. But some perpetrators are trying to disrupt the harmony through communal violence. We strongly condemned this and demand punishment of the culprits."

Taposhi Rani Sarkar, president of Hindu Buddhist Christian Mohila Upaparishad, said there will be no minorities left in Bangladesh if such incidents keep happening.

BHBUC Central President Nim Chandra Bhowmik was also present.

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