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Congress leader for amending CAA to protect Bangladeshi Hindus

  • Published at 04:33 pm October 19th, 2021
Milind Deora
Congress leader Milind Deora Collected

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

Amid reports of communal violence in Bangladesh, an Indian politician leader has urged their government to amend the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) to protect Hindus fleeing religious persecution in the neighboring country.

Milind Deora, a senior leader of India’s main opposition-- Congress-- and a former minister, on Tuesday came with the call amid the series of violence that emerged during the Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh last week.

Terming the situation “worrying,” Milind, however, warned against attempts to “equate Indian Muslims with Bangladeshi Islamists”, reports The Indian Express.

“Bangladesh’s escalating communal violence is extremely worrying. CAA must be amended to protect & rehabilitate Bangladeshi Hindus fleeing religious persecution. India must also reject & thwart any communal attempt to equate Indian Muslims with Bangladeshi Islamists,” tweeted Deora.

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The CAA aims to make the path to Indian citizenship easier for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

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.

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.

The government and law enforcement agencies have described the incidents as “planned” in a bid to destabilize the country.

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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 young Hindu man who allegedly uploaded the post was detained on Monday, said police.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the culprits behind the arson attacks on Hindu homes in Rangpur were 'identified immediately' and police arrested 45 suspects.

The government would soon rebuild the homes razed and looted by the attackers in Rangpur, he said.

Seven senior police officers, including the superintendents of police for Rangpur and Feni, were transferred to different places and posts in the wake of the communal violence.

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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