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Bangladesh minorities seek Modi’s intervention for safety

Jun 13, 2016 

The minority community in Bangladesh wants Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of their security with Dhaka after the recent attacks on Hindus and other communities in the country, reports NDTV.

“India being a Hindu majority [country] should do something. We have high hopes from prime minister Narendra Modi.,” Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, was quoted by PTI to have said.

A 60-year-old ashram worker, Nityaranjan Pandey, was hacked to death on 10 June by suspected extremists – fourth person from the minority community to be killed in a series of attacks on activists in Bangladesh.
“Stability in the Indian subcontinent region can never be achieved with Bangladesh turning into a fundamental state,” Dasgupta, also a prosecutor of International Crimes Tribunal, said.

A week before, a priest, a Christian grocer and wife of an anti-terror police officer, were killed. In February this year, extremists stabbed to death a priest at a temple.

In April, a professor was killed in Rajshahi city followed by the murder of a tailor of minority community. Bangladesh’s first gay magazine editor was also killed.
Bangladesh witnessed a series of attacks on secular and liberal bloggers in 2015, said NDTV.

“Unless India puts pressure on Bangladesh, the fundamentalists won’t budge,” well-known actor of Bangladesh and former managing director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation Piyush Bandopadhaya was quoted to have said.

“India is a major power in the region, it can’t sit idle when minorities are being brutally slaughtered in a neighbouring country,” he reportedly said.

NDTV said as the minority leaders are expecting Indian government to take up the cause of the minorities, a senior Bangladesh minister feels these attacks are actually aimed at creating hurdles in the functioning of the secular and liberal Awami League government.

“We have taken several steps to ensure the safety and security of minorities and strict action will be taken against the culprits,” information minister Hasanul Haq Inu was quoted to have said over phone from Dhaka.

When asked what would Dhaka do if India wants to take up the cause of security of Hindus, Inu said, “India and Bangladesh share very good relations. India is our friend. If India wants to take up a matter with us, we will talk. There is no harm in it.”


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