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Suvendu now threatens protests along Bangladesh border if Hindu attacks continue

  • Published at 05:58 pm October 19th, 2021
Suvendu Adhikari
Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal opposition leader

On Thursday, he urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps for the protection of Hindus in Bangladesh over the reported attacks of venues of Durga Puja

The leader of opposition in the Indian state of West Bengal said that they would stage protests along an India-Bangladesh border if the attacks on Bangladeshi Hindus did not stop. 

He warned of that during a meeting on Monday with the deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata over the last ongoing communal violence against the Hindu community in the neighbouring country, reports India Today.

Suvendu, who also lead a delegation at the meeting, later on told reporters that if violence in Bangladesh is not controlled, the BJP will protest at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Petrapole in North 24 Parganas.

"The Deputy High Commissioner did not even know about the violence in Rangpur. We have told him that if violence isn't stopped, we will sit in protest at Petrapole, Indo-Bangladesh border. BJP is the protector of all sanatan dharmis as all sanatanis have voted for us," said the Nandigram MLA from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Deputy High Commissioner Toufiq Hassan also attested to the warning of Suvendu. 

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"The delegation met us and showed their concern verbally. They told us that if violence was not controlled, then they would sit in protest on the border. However, they will give us a written statement tomorrow (Tuesday), which we will share with our higher authorities," said Toufiq.

On Thursday, Suvendu called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps for the protection of Hindus in Bangladesh over the reported attacks of venues of Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the Hindus.

Communal tensions have gripped Bangladesh over the past few days following allegations of the Quran being dishonoured at a puja pavilion in Comilla on October 13, triggering violence in several districts across the country.

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Security was ramped up at houses of worship, and Border Guard Bangladesh troops were dispatched to more than two dozen districts. The 10-day festival came to a close on Friday with the immersion of Durga idols.

At least four people were killed in police shootings during the attack on Puja locations in Chandpur's Hajiganj on October 13 and in Noakhali's Choumuhani, attacks on Hindu temples left two people dead on October 15.

On Sunday night, Hindu villages in Rangpur’s Pirganj upazila came under attack over an alleged Facebook post hurting Muslims’ religious sentiments. At least 20 homes were torched in the attack.    

The attacks prompted Delhi to call up Dhaka. Sources said that Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami as well as the four consulates in Bangladesh have been in touch with officials.

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