Sushma Swaraj asks Indian envoy to discuss recent attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh with Sheikh Hasina

In fresh attacks on Hindus in the country, unidentified assailants set ablaze houses and damaged two temples in central Brahmanbarhia district.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2016 4:41 pm
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In the wake of fresh attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka to convey to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina India’s grave concern over safety and security of the community in that country.

“I have asked Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka to call on the Prime Minister and express our grave concern about the safety and wellbeing of the Hindus in Bangladesh,” Swaraj tweeted today.

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In fresh attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, unidentified miscreants set ablaze houses of some of them and damaged two temples in central Brahmanbarhia district where several places of worship of the minority community were vandalised a few days ago.

Miscreants set fire at least six Hindu houses in a predawn attack yesterday in central Brahmanbarhia district’s Nasirnagar, the place where at least 15 temples and more than 20 houses were vandalised after a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam sparked outrage in the country.

Police in overnight drives detained 33 persons for their alleged involvement in the synchronised attacks on Hindus in Brahmanbaria on October 30.

Earlier also, India had taken up with Bangladesh the issue of safety and security of the minorities.

Bangladesh’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had said the attacks on several Hindu temples in Bangladesh were carried out under a well orchestrated plan aimed at grabbing lands of the minority community.

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First Published on: November 6, 2016 4:37 pm
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    Prathiba Sundaram
    Nov 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm
    Sushama says the reality and it is the duty of the government to protect the minorities. Bangladeshi government should take necessary action and should punish the criminals who attack the minorities.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But at the same time in India police hunting and killing Muslims without any reason. It happened in Gujarat while Modi rules. In Bhopal Police killed eight youths, allegedly a belongs to SIMI. So such State sponsored terrorism is more condemn-able than what happens in Bangladesh. Hooligans and fanatics hunting the minorities in Bangladesh but the state and its armed forces kill the minorities in India. Both are against humanity and human rights. Dear Ms Sushama, ask Modi to take action first and lodge the complaint to Ms Hasina, that is the logic.
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