Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon has raised the issue of attacks on minorities, specially on the Hindu community after Jan 5 election in a telephone call to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanding immediate stop to such attacks, news reports said adding that the PM has assured of taking firm measures
against the mischief.
He has particularly blamed Jamaat activities in border areas along the Shatkhira area, the report said. Hasina told Shiv Shankar Menon that her government will not leave any stone unturned to protect the religious minorities.
“My government will deploy additional police and para-military troops in sensitive areas. They have strict instructions to crack down at those who have attacked minorities,” Hasina told Menon during a telephone conversation on Wednesday.
Menon had called up to raise the issue, saying he had received intimation from some Indian states bordering Bangladesh of minority populations trying to mass on the frontier and to cross over to India for safety.
Hasina said newly elected MPs of her party and those in her alliance have been asked to reach areas where minorities have been attacked after the polling.
They will coordinate with the administration and the law-enforcing agencies and ensure no one has to flee their hearth and home, the Prime Minister told Menon.
India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has already raised the issue of attacks on Hindus after the Jan 5 polls.
“There have been widespread attacks on Hindus in many parts of Bangladesh and we are very concerned. I hope we don’t suffer spill-over effects of a disturbed neighborhood,” said BJP leader in Rajya Sabha (Upper House) Arun Jaitley.
But Jaitley made it clear he was against any interference in Bangladesh’s internal affairs.
“We should however let Bangladesh know of our strong concerns,” he said.
Meanwhile reports said, deputy commissioners in the troubled hit areas have written letters to the cabinet divisions and the home ministry informing the nature of attacks and violence on the Hidu community. In those letters, local leaders of the ruling party have been reportedly blamed for indirect involvement in the attacks. In addition to that, they have recommended the enhancement of security at Hindu dominated areas.
Reports said DCs of Shatkira, Dinajpur, Jessore and Bagerhat have already sent letters to the concerned ministries. It further said, on receipt of the letters, Prime Minister’s adviser on foreign affairs Dr Gawher Rizvi and senior secretary for home ministry CQK Mushtaque Ahmed started to go on a visit to the affected areas with a team. But they turned back due to thick fog hindering movement.
When asked, DC of Jessore Md Mustafizur Rahman told the new nation yesterday that he has only described the situation in his letter, why it happened and who were involved in the incident.
Another news report carried out by Sheersha News said ‘Hindu Buddha, Christian Oikya Parishad’ leaders Subrata Chowdhury has said it has become a common slogan to blame Jamaat-Shibir for communal violence. But the reality is that they are not involved, rather Awami League leaders and workers are involved in it.
The online agency quoted Subrata Chowdhury from a BBC interview as saying after the January 5 election when violence broke out against the Hindu community at many places across the country, that it has become a practice to trade blame by one political party over the other when such incidents take place. It has become a culture because the attackers were never taken to the book.
He raised the question if Jamaat-Shir men have carried out the attack or anyone else has done it why the government is not taking them to book. He also demanded punishment to the functionaries in the local administration who have failed to tackle the situation.
SOURCE: New Nation