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Bangladesh: Prime Minister Hasina warns those involved in community violence, says ‘attackers will not be spared’

DHAKA: Giving a stern warning to perpetrators of community violence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that anyone involved in the attacks on Hindu temples and Durga puja the places of Cumilla will not be freed regardless of the religion to which they belong.
“The incidents in Cumilla are being thoroughly investigated. No one will be saved. No matter what religion they belong to. They will be persecuted and punished,” he said on Thursday, the Dhaka Tribune reported.
The prime minister made the remarks while exchanging greetings with people from the Hindu community during an event at the Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka on the occasion of Durga Puja. He joined the program from Ganabhaban via video conference.
Calling the incident of vandalization of temples in Cumilla as “very regrettable,” he said that those who cannot win the trust and confidence of the people and have no ideology can carry out such attacks.
“We are getting a lot of information. We will definitely track down who carried out the attacks … This is the age of technology,” he added.
“They must be found. We did it in the past and we will do it in the future as well. They must face due punishment. They will be given exemplary punishment so that no one dares to get involved in such incidents in the future,” he said. the prime minister, the Dhaka Tribune reported.
He also called on everyone to work in unison and remain vigilant to stop the repetition of such heinous acts.
He said that people regardless of caste, creed and religion celebrate all festivals together in Bangladesh, adding: “Religion is for individuals and the festival is for everyone and we enjoy all festivals together.”
Hasina said the Cumilla incident occurred at a time when the country was moving towards development at full speed and was aimed at hampering the nation’s uplifting journey and creating a problem in the country.
On Wednesday, tensions arose between a faction of Cumilla residents after news broke on social media about the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a Durga Puja venue on the Nanuar Dighi bank.
At one point, the situation began to spiral out of control and unrest began to spread to various Puja locations in the adjacent areas. Local administration and police were attacked while trying to establish order, Dhaka Tribune reported.
Similar incidents also occurred in different districts of the country on Wednesday night and Thursday, prompting the government to deploy Bangladesh Border Guard soldiers to 22 districts along with additional law enforcement officials.
There have been reports of several people killed during the clashes in Chandpur, while dozens of people have been injured in the clashes or arrested by law enforcement officers in various districts so far.
At Thursday’s event, a Hindu community leader sought government intervention in light of reports that some people plan to attack them during the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga on Friday.
Prime Minister Hasina said they are aware of this matter and action has already been taken.
He called on Hindu community leaders, in particular the Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Committee, to formulate a policy to determine how many Puja mandaps will be established across the country to celebrate Durga Puja, taking into account the limited security personnel for guarantee security and protection of the mandaps.
He also urged the Hindu community not to consider them as a minority and to perform their religious rituals with the same rights enjoyed by followers of other religions who were born and raised in the country and who fought shoulder to shoulder to liberate the country during the decade. 1971. War of Liberation.
“We believe that those who are born on the soil of this country and who are its children will freely practice their respective religions,” he said.
Highlighting various measures taken by his government to uplift the Hindu community, he said his government was committed to ensuring the well-being of all regardless of caste, creed and religion.
Hasina said that the dignity of Bangladesh has been established on the world stage as it has become a developing nation, adding: “We want the country to be developed and prosperous by 2041 with the defense of dignity.”
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