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Attack on national minorities condemned

Bangladesh on 10 July 2013
Location : Bangladesh | Source : New Age. Image Source: New Age

Politicians, academics and national minority leaders at a discussion in the capital on Tuesday condemned attacks on national minorities in different parts of the country.

The Bangladesh Adivasi Forum and the Kapaeeng Foundation organised the discussion at Dhaka Reporter’s Unity in protest at the attacks and demanding punishment of the people who attacked houses of national minorities and local churches at Ghoraghat in Dinajpur.

A vested interest group on June 6 led the attack on national minorities in an attempt at grabbing their land.
A team led by left politician Pankaj Bhattacharya visited the spot and spoke with the local administration to find out reasons for the attacks.

Columnist Syed Abul Maksud said that a syndicate was on the prowl to capture the land and property. He called on the government to take immediate action against the attackers.

Pankaj, also president of the Oikya NAP, said that national minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and other areas of the country were facing attacks. 

A group of people, led by Azizar Prodhan, attacked Nicholas Murmu and Raban Murmu on June 6 at Bagapara of Roghunathpur and then attacked houses of national minorities. The local administration and the police failed to ensure security of the national minorities, Pankaj said.

Sanjeeb Drong, the general secretary of the Adivasi Forum, said that the state must take more steps to stop attacks on national minorities. Minorities were facing more attacks now, Sanjeeb alleged.

Rajib Mir, a Jagannath University teacher who spoke at the discussion, demanded administrative steps to stop attacks on national minorities.

He also demanded compensation for the affected people and release of the minority people who had been arrested.
Kapaeeng Foundation leader Dipayan Khisha and journalist Salim Samad also took part in the discussion.

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