Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has come under sharp criticism after the violence during Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina has said in a warning tone that whoever is involved in this will not be spared. Sheikh Hasina said that it did not matter what religion they belonged to. He further said, appropriate punishment will be given to stop the communal riots. Along with this, Sheikh Hasina has also asked India to be cautious. According to the BBC Bangla report, Sheikh Hasina said that nothing should happen in India which has an effect on Bangladesh and harms the Hindu community there.
Violence erupts after social media post
According to the information received, violence had erupted due to alleged insult to the Quran in a Facebook post and after that several Durga Puja pandals were vandalized after which a large number of security forces have been deployed. Quran at a worship pandal in Comilla district of Bangladesh. Violence erupted in the area after a social media post related to the rumor of the alleged insult of K.K. After this, violence erupted in many areas including Habibganj in Chandpur, Banskhali in Chittagong, Pekua in Cox’s Bazar and Chapainwabganj in Shivganj and vandalized pandals. Three people are also reported to have died in this violence. Bangladesh Hindu Unity Council has also tweeted in this matter. It was written in this tweet that ’13 October 2021, was a condemnable day in the history of Bangladesh. Many puja pavilions were vandalized on the occasion of idol immersion on the day of Ashtami. Hindus are now guarding the puja mandaps. Today the whole world is silent. May Maa Durga keep her blessings on all the Hindus of the world.’
‘Nothing should happen in India that Hindus of Bangladesh should be affected’ – Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, terrorist activities are on the rise all over the world. Not only our country but also neighboring countries should be cautious about this. India has helped us a lot in our freedom struggle and for this we will always be grateful. But in India also nothing should be done which will affect our country and harm the people of Hindu community of our country. They also need to be a little careful about this.
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‘Insecurity in Hindus’
People from Bangladesh’s Hindu community also expressed their concern to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after the attack on the pandals. Bangladesh Puja Festival Council President Milan Kanti Dutt said the violence at the puja pandal has created a feeling of insecurity among Hindus across the country. Milan Kanti said that there are systematic attacks against Hindus and a sense of fear has developed in their mind. Sheikh Hasina asked the people of the Hindu community not to consider themselves as a minority and continue with their religious activities like the followers of other religions. Sheikh Hasina said that Hindus have also fought shoulder to shoulder in the 1971 war and they have the same rights as people of other religions.
Bangladesh Home Minister said to take action
A local hospital in Chandpur, while interacting with the media, said that the three bodies that have come to their hospital may be victims of this violence. However, the police have not yet confirmed in this case whether these people died due to the riots caused by the miscreants or there is some other reason. In this case, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that the people who carried out this incident in Comilla district. They will be caught.
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