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Stolen Idol of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi found in a Mosque in Bangladesh’s Nasirnagar, Another Temple torched by Muslim Youth

On October 30, a mob of around 3,000 armed Muslims attacked nearly 100 Hindu houses and at least 10 temples, vandalising and looting valuables

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Dhaka, November 6, 2016: The idol of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, stolen from a vandalised temple, was found in a mosque in Bangladesh’s Nasirnagar, six days after communal violence rocked Brahmanbaria district, even as a Muslim youth was caught torching a Kali temple in another area on Saturday, media reports said.

Police arrested Sumon Islam, after he torched the Satpai Kali Temple in Netrokona area on Saturday morning. Locals rushed to the spot, doused the fire and nabbed Sumon, who was later handed over to the police.

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Bangladesh police recovered the Lakshmi idol from a mosque in Bitui village, in Nasirnagar sub district of Brahmanbaria, acting on a tip-off by the imam of the mosque.

The idol is suspected to have been stolen during the October 30 communal attacks in Brahmanbaria, when a dozen temples were vandalised and around 100 Hindu homes ransacked.

Politicising the attacks, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Vice-Chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed said the expulsion of three local Awami League leaders for their alleged involvement in the October 30 communal attacks proved the ruling party’s involvement in the attacks.

Ahmed demanded that the government set up a judicial inquiry to identify the real perpetrators and bring them to book, The Daily Star reported.

In another development, residents of Rishipara — a Hindu dominated locality — in Nasirnagar foiled an attempted attack on their homes on Saturday.

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Witnesses described the attackers as youths aged around 20 years, who fled on a boat on facing resistance from the locals, Dhaka Tribune reported.

This comes a day after several Hindu homes were torched in Brahmanbaria district on Friday, raising fears over growing communal tensions.

On October 30, a mob of around 3,000 armed Muslims attacked nearly 100 Hindu houses and at least 10 temples, vandalising and looting valuables.

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The attacks were reportedly in response to a Facebook post that satirised the Masjid al-Haram — a holy site for Muslims.

Police have so far detained 43 people over the attacks. (IANS)

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Muslim Youths Belittle Hindu Religion on Social Media to Create Communal Tension

Muslim youths have been belittling Hindu religion and ideologies from a long time now to fuel communal hatred amongst the communities

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Sep 29, 2017: Ahmed, a Muslim youth was arrested in Hamirpur on Wednesday for posting obscene and communally sensitive posts on Hindu holy textbooks through a fake account of Sundaram, former district coordinator of RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The incident angered the community in Maudaha, Uttar Pradesh.

Following the episode, Sundaram filed a police complaint after which Ahmed was arrested. According to Opindia, Ahmed admitted that he wanted to create communal tension among the community and start a communal riot in Maudaha.

Ahmed has also posted obscene posts on Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Yogi in the past and surfaced similar content on the various social media platforms.

Lately, a FIR was registered against a Delhi University professor, Kedar Kumar Mandal for his lewd Facebook post parallelling Goddess Durga to a ‘sexy prostitute.’

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Another incident where seven Muslims were arrested in Chamba, Uttarakhand for ostensibly making fake profiles likely under Hindu names and passing obscene comments at girls on the social media platform. The accused identified as- Rizwan Khan, Salman, Mohammed Warish, Salman, Shabir Kasim, Abul Kalam and Mohammed Shabir – were charged with making obscene comments and disturbing communal harmony, mentioned the Amar Ujala.

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Stop Lecturing And Demonizing India over its Plan to Deport 40,000 Stateless Rohingya Muslims: Minister

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and classified as illegal immigrants, despite claiming centuries-old roots

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Rohingya refugee watch children attend madrass in a temporary shelter on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Wednesday, Aug.16,2017. VOA
  • Rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have slammed India’s deportation plan as “outrageous”
  • The government says the Rohingya Muslims are illegal immigrants and should deported because they pose a potential security threat
  • There is no other country in the world which hosts so many refugees, so don’t demonize us, don’t give us lecture
Rights groups should stop lecturing and demonizing India over its plan to deport 40,000 stateless Rohingya and recognize that the country has treated millions of refugees from across the world humanely, a senior official said this week.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing government says the Rohingya Muslims who have fled to India because of persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar are illegal immigrants and should deported because they pose a potential security threat.

“India is the most humane nation in the world,” said junior interior minister Kiren Rijiju, defending an order to states to identify and deport the Rohingya — including 16,500 registered with the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR).

“There is no other country in the world which hosts so many refugees, so don’t demonize us, don’t give us lecture,” Rijiju said.

Hundreds of thousands have fled Myanmar, where they are marginalized and sometimes subjected to communal violence, with many taking refuge in Bangladesh — and some then crossing a porous border into Hindu-majority India.

FILE - Children of Rohingya refugees attend a temporary school run by a nongovernmental organization at a camp for Rohingyas in New Delhi, India, Aug. 16, 2017.
FILE – Children of Rohingya refugees attend a temporary school run by a nongovernmental organization at a camp for Rohingyas in New Delhi, India, Aug. 16, 2017. VOA

On Monday, Myanmar security forces intensified operations against Rohingya insurgents, following three days of clashes with militants in the worst violence involving the Muslim minority in five years.

Indian minister Rijiju said registration with the UNHCR was irrelevant.

India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, which spells out states’ responsibilities toward refugees. Nor does it have a domestic law to protect refugees.

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The Rohingya will be sent back from India in a humane way, following due legal processes, Rijiju added.

“We are not going to shoot them, nor are we planning to throw them in the ocean,” he said Monday.

Rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have slammed India’s deportation plan as “outrageous.”

Asia’s third-largest economy is bound by customary international law — the principle of non-refoulement — where it cannot forcibly return refugees to a place where they face danger, they say. (VOA)

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We need to take Action Against the ‘Communal Violence in the name of Cow’ : PM Narendra Modi

The issue has raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minority members and Dalits

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Indian cow. Pixabay
  • Modi sought opposition support in fighting the issue of violence done in the name of cow protection
  • Modi also asked the opposition to support the government in conducting business in both the Houses “without disruption”
  • The issue has raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minority members and Dalits

New Delhi, July 16, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the “issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection” needed to be tackled sternly and asked state governments to act “very tough” against those taking law in their own hands.

At an all-party meeting ahead of Parliament’s monsoon session that begins on Monday, Modi told MPs that law and order was a state subject and as such the state governments needed to act strictly against those committing violence in the name of cow protection.

In his address to floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, Modi sought opposition support in fighting the issue of violence done in the name of cow protection.

The issue has raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minority members and Dalits.

The Prime Minister “urged all parties to extend their support to the government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection”, said an official statement issued after the meeting in Parliament House premises.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar briefed the media and said Modi sought strict action against those people who were inciting tension in the name of cow.

“The central government has sent advisories to the state governments. Law and order is a state subject. As such, very tough action should be taken against those indulging in violence in the name of cow protection,” Ananth Kkumar said, quoting the Prime Minister as saying at the meeting.

Modi said some political parties were painting cow protection with communal colour and taking political advantages which does not benefit the country.

“A race has begun to score political mileages after painting cow protection with communal colours. This will do no good to the country. Everyone should come together and put an end to it (cow vigilantism),” the Prime Minister told all parties.

“There is a law on cow protection in the country. But committing crimes in the name of cow protection out of personal animosities cannot be tolerated,” Modi said.

The opposition has vowed to raise the issue in Parliament, seeking answers from the government on what it was doing to end the violence that has claimed many lives — mostly Muslims and Dalits — in the country.

Modi also asked the opposition to support the government in conducting business in both the Houses “without disruption”.

Without mentioning India’s military standoff with China in the Sikkim sector and worsening security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister asserted that all political parties stood united to ensure “nation’s safety and security after such concerns were raised by many leaders on recent developments”, the statement said. (IANS)