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Attack on religious minorities not to be tolerated: Hanif

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif today said creation of religious intolerance through conspiracies and attacks on other religions would never be tolerated.

Addressing a press conference at AL president's Dhanmondi office in the city, he said the houses of minority people came under attack at Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria on October 29 centering a Facebook status.

Hanif said the man whose Facebook account was used to post the status has already been arrested and he has denied his involvement claiming that his account has been hacked. Two probe bodies have been formed and actions would be taken after investigation, he added.

The AL leader said their party has sent a four-member delegation to Brahmanbaria to stand by the affected people.

Referring to expulsion of two Chatra League leaders in Dhaka, he said police will look into the issue of branding arms by them.

Responding to a remark of the BNP secretary general, Hanif said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman has initiated dirty politics in Bangladesh. He made politics difficult for politicians, he added.

Ziaur Rahman has usurped state power and enforced curfew at night, he said, adding that the word 'democracy' does not suit leaders of his party.

Killing people with petrol bombs and creating militancy in the country can never be democracy, said the AL leader.

He said Union Council polls were held on Monday peacefully barring a few isolated incidents.

The residents of former enclaves have been able to exercise their franchise for the first time because a border treat was signed with India as a diplomatic success of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Other AL leaders, including Ahmad Hossain, BM Mozammel, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Muhibul Hassan Chowdhury Naofel, Dr. Abdus Sobhan Golap, Ashim Kumar Ukil and Advocate Afzal Hossain were present on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)