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Friday, November 29, 2013

Attacks on Hindus: TIB for probe, punishment to culprits

Source: The Daily Star

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed concern over the attacks on minority communities and their places of worship in Lalmonirhat, Pabna, Rajshahi, Faridpur and Khagrachhari in the last few days.
In a statement yesterday, the anti-graft watchdog demanded a fair investigation into the incidents by a powerful judicial committee and exemplary punishment to the culprits.
It also demanded appropriate administrative steps to put an end to such barbarism in no time.
These attacks on minority communities are “against the spirit of the country’s Liberation War and independence,” TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said in the statement.
In no way are these incidents acceptable in a Bangladesh committed to communal harmony and equal rights of all citizens irrespective of religion and race, he stressed.
“Attacks have been carried out on minority communities under the auspices of politicians and powerful persons centring on elections in the past. Similar attacks for intimidation and mean and destructive political purposes ahead of the next elections are never acceptable,” he added.
Iftekharuzzaman noted that the situation might take a grave turn if steps are not taken immediately, adding, “We are more concerned to know that those incidents are planned and motivated.”
The TIB urged the media and the concerned citizens to take a stand against such crimes.
Bangladesh Sonatoni Dhormio Sammilito Parishad, Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajot and Bangladesh Minority Sangram Parishad also condemned the attacks on Hindus and other minorities in different parts of the country.
Gono Forum will visit Santhia in Pabna to see the Hindu houses that were vandalised and looted last week, said a press release.

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