November 3, 2016: An unruly mob carried out a brutal attack on the minority Hindu community of Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district on October 30. Condemning the act, several political parties and a Non-Government Organisation on Wednesday urged the government to take an immediate action against the attackers.
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The mob demolished over a dozen temples and Puja pavilions. They also vandalised and looted more than 100 houses. According to Dhaka Tribune, at a rally that held in front of National Press Club in Dhaka, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Secretary General Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed said, “ The government failed to protect Hindus and minority community for which, radicalised and communal groups succeeded attacking them for several times.”
“If the local administration would have taken necessary initiative immediately, the attack to Hindu families and their temples would not have been turned to such massacre,” he added
He informed, “CPB will hold countrywide demonstration programme on November 8 condemning attack on minorities.”
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“Democratic Left Alliance, a combined group of eight left-leaning political parties also organised a protest programme in front of National Press Club protesting communal violence, attack on Hindu temples and also against targeted killing.”
They urged the government to arrest the attackers responsible for the communal attacks that took place in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj districts.
On the other hand, Bangladesh Jamaat-e- Islami blamed the local administration for the attacks.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday, Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Mia Ghulam Porwar said, “if the local government would had taken immediate action against the person who defamed and criticised Kaba Sharif, then the incident could not have been made.”
Condemning such attacks, he added: “None should take administrative power on their own hands. Everyone should respect laws while the government should re-establish administrative rules and restore public confidence”
In a statement issued on Wednesday, non-government organisation Manusher Jonno Foundation condemned the attack, expressing grave concern and anger.
“Their objective (who carried out the attack) is to drive out the minority people from the country and seize their rights. Such incident is an ill intention to humiliate the image of Bangladesh around the world,” the release said.
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Meanwhile, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, termed the incident shameful and has blamed the local administration for their incompetence and lack of initiatives to save the Hindu families and their temples in Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district four days ago.
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