In Bangladesh ruling party rallies in support of Hindus after deadly violence

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A protester holds a placard during a protest in Dhaka calling for an end to communal violence and demanding justice for the violence against Hindus [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

Thousands of members of Bangladesh’s ruling party rallied on Tuesday in support of the nation’s besieged minority Hindus after one of the worst bouts of communal violence in the Muslim-majority nation for over a decade, reported Reuters.

The wave of clashes left at least six people dead and dozens of homes destroyed, according to local media.

Police said 450 people had been arrested.

The attacks began on Friday when hundreds of Muslims protested in the southeastern Noakhali district accusing Hindus of a blasphemous incident involving the Koran. Several Hindu religious sites have been vandalised, and homes attacked.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party held a rally in the capital Dhaka, with thousands marching along a 4 km route in the heart of the city, calling for a halt to the violence.

“Stop this communal evil, Bangladesh,” read one banner held by women supporters.

Elsewhere in Dhaka, several hundred writers gathered, holding up handwritten messages and small posters.

“Teach your children to love, not to kill,” one said.

President of the All India Muslim Majlis e Mushawarat, Navaid Hamid praised the ruling party in Bangladesh for holding “march supporting Hindus after recent attacks on them.”

“In #Bangladesh ruling party holds march supporting Hindus after recent attacks on them. In #India ministers facilitate Hindutva terrorists who lynched Muslims. Thank you #Bangladesh for taking a bold step in safeguarding your citizens.” Hamid said in a tweet.

Thousands of members of Bangladesh’s ruling party rallied on Tuesday in support of the nation’s besieged minority Hindus after one of the worst bouts of communal violence in the Muslim-majority nation for over a decade, Reuters reported.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party held a rally in Dhaka, people marched in the heart of the city, calling for an end to the violence.

“Stop this communal evil, Bangladesh,” read one banner held by women supporters.

Meanwhile, At least 71 cases have been filed in the country in connection with the attacks on Hindus and around 450 people have been arrested for spreading rumors on social media.

Around 450 people have been arrested in the past five days over the attacks on puja venues, temples, Hindu homes and businesses, and for spreading rumors on social media amid the Durga Puja, reported Dhaka Tribune.

At least six people were dead and dozens of homes destroyed in the attacks, according to local media.
Rights group Amnesty International called for an investigation and punishment for perpetrators. With Reuters inputs.

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  1. Navaid Hamid was not criticizing the GoI, but himself as he also woke up to the issue after the Bangladeshi govt started making this into an issue.
    Sheikh Hasina tactically gives a free hand to the rioters in the start, and swoops down on them to gain brownie points.
    Let MM follow on upon this article after 6 months or an year and tell us how many of the 450 people arrested have been prosecuted and/or found guilty.
    To all those who praise Hasina and distrust modi, in 2014, Bangladesh had 9% hindus while today they are down to 7%.
    In India in 2014, Muslims were 15% while today they are upto nearly 20%.
    All the hypocrisy about the dara hua musalmaan doesn’t translate to real world logic and facts.

  2. muslims are only maximum 16% in india and never are 20% …

    Modi also gave free hands to rioters in 2002that led to huge wreckage and loss to minority in Gujrat

    The race is the same , but divided in to 2 main religions and both are equally communally charged up

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