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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Attacks on devotees in Bangladesh condemned

By TCN News,

New Delhi: South Asian Council for Minorities (SACM) has condemned the attacks on the devotees and vandalism during Durga Pooja festival in Bangladesh on Saturday 16th of October.

Reportedly Durga Pooja, the festival of Hindus, country’s minority community was marked by several attacks by drunken mobs and even policemen on Hindu devotees and the Pooja mandaps. Several members of the minority community were injured in these attacks.

Condemning the incident, Navaid Hamid, secretary, SACM, said that the “attacks on devotees need to be condemned by all those, including the civil society of Bangladesh, who believe in the sanity and peaceful co-existence of followers of different faiths in a democratic setup”

He expressed his concerns at the fact that even “some policemen and security personnel have attacked the members of the Hindu minority community… in different parts of Bangladesh which has left scores of people seriously injured, frightened and terrorized.”

Mr. Hamid hoped that Bangladesh would take strongest measures against the culprits in order to instill confidence in the minorities in the country.

South Asian Council for Minorities (SACM) is a platform of human rights activists working for the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in South Asia

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