Government Policy

Govt to pay heavy price for ‘repressing’ minorities: BNP

BNP vice chairman Netai Roy Chowdhury on Sunday warned that the government will have to pay a heavy price for the growing communal attacks and repression on minorities.

“The repression on minorities began in the country in 1972 and it’s intensified now. The minorities are staging protests against it in different places. The entire country and the world are now watching the persecution of minorities and the consequences of that won’t be good,” he said.

Speaking at a human-chain programme, the BNP leader said, “I would like to say Sheikh Hasina will have to pay a heavy price and face dire consequences for the attacks on minorities. Your police, your administration, and your judicial system on which you’ve established control won’t be able to protect you.”

Bangladesh Hindu, Bouddha, Christian Kalyan Front arranged the programme protesting the recent communal attacks on minority communities, including the recent arson attacks on Hindu houses at Muradnagar in Cumilla.

Netai Roy said though Rana Dasgupta, the general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad, was cooperating with Awami League in the past, he and other minority community leaders have now burst into protests against the communal attacks. “They’re now forming human chains and staging different protest programmes at different parts of the country.”

He urged the people of all walks of life to get united and raise their voice against the ruling party’s ‘repressive’ acts.

Speaking at the programme, BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said the members religious minority community members are being persecuted as they have no security in the country. “The government is also reluctant about the security of the majority in terms of religion. No one except the ruling party men and their collaborators has any security in the country.”

He alleged that those involved in the attacks on the minorities and their worship places are not punished. “Those who attacked the Buddhist monasteries and torched temples at Ramu, Cox’s Bazar remained out of touch.”

At a programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, Alal said Manoranjan Ghoshal, an artist of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War bemoaned that it has become a constitutional right of the Awami League to humiliate Hindu girls and women.

BNP executive committee member Nipun Roy Chowdhury said 27 idols of were destroyed, different temples attacked and houses of the Hindu community members torched in different places over the last seven months. “Our mothers and sisters are constantly being raped and they’ve no security.”

To get rid of this situation, she said a pro-people government must be installed by removing the current ‘autocratic’ one.

Source: United News of Bangladesh