June 18, 2016
KOLKATA Expressing concern over a series of attacks on Hindus and other communities by fundamentalist forces in Bangladesh, West Bengal Congress president Adhir Chowdhury today said he had written a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in this regard.
Mr Chowdhury urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to use her cordial relationship with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to address the issue.
“Communal forces in Bangladesh have been systematically targeting the minorities including Hindu, Christian and Buddhists and secular citizens. Yesterday, we came to know that the Hindu priest at Ramkrishna Mission in Dhaka received a death threat. We are concerned about the present situation in Bangladesh. I have written a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in this regard,” Mr Chowdhury said.
Questioning Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s silence over the issue, the state Congress president said, “The state government is unperturbed over the rising attacks on Hindu minorities in the neighbouring country.”
“Everyone knows that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shares a cordial relationship with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. So far we have not heard an active response from Banerjee,” Mr Chowdhury said.