Oct 5, 2012

Bangladesh lone communal riot free country in Asia

No riot happened in the Bangladesh territory in the history of last 100 years. Bangladesh is the lone country of communal harmony among the South East Asian countries. It is totally a sporadic incident which happened at the Ukhia and Ramu in the Cox’s Bazar District of the country during September 29 to 30, 2012.

Bangladeshi people are worried due to these incidents. It also anxious for them, as all issues are considered in the country as biased and politicized motive by the government in the country.

It is also matter of worry for the country that Home Minister M.K. Alamgir raised his hand against the Main Opposition leaders who are also elected Peoples representatives by the locals for long time. He did not wait to blame oppositions who were made elected by the minor communities also. All the major local government elected representatives are from main opposition and for they will not burn their fellow supporters but it were done to sabotage the opposition stronghold in the district as demanded by the opposition leaders.

On behalf of the Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, police filed cases against BNP & Jamaat activists and leaders only. Besides, the opposition demands to unearth the real culprits and arrest of them. They also demanded that as the locals, irrespective of religions and casts, make support for the opposition in all time of Bangladesh election history, so the government made the conspiracy to discard their support from the locality.

Analysts think that Bangladesh is totally unexampled in the issues like in Kashmir over more than half a century, Guzrat, Asam, Andra Prodesh of India or Rakhyine, Rohinga of Myanmar and not like many others.

Amnesty International 

International rights group Amnesty has slated the Sep 29-30, 2012 attacks on minority communities in the lower regions of Bangladesh and called for ensuring citizens' protection and punitive steps against the perpetrators.

In a statement dated Oct 3, the organisation's researcher in Bangladesh, Abbas Faiz, was quoted as saying, "The scale and ferocity of these appalling attacks on ethnic communities have shocked Muslims and non-Muslims alike and the entire civil society in the country."

Religious fanatics, apparently stirred by a Facebook post allegedly defaming the Quran, had attacked a Buddhist locality in Ramu. At least seven Buddhist monasteries, 30 houses and shops were vandalised, looted and torched during the overnight frenzy.

The string of violence continued the following day as similar attacks took place in Chittagong's Patia, and Cox's Bazar's Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas.

"The Bangladeshi authorities must ensure this does not happen again," said Abbas Faiz.

The perpetrators of arson attacks on temples and Buddhist villages in the south of Bangladesh must be brought to justice and steps taken to ensure ethnic minorities were protected, the organisation called.

Amnesty also called upon all political leaders of Bangladesh to publicly condemn such atrocities against the minorities and 'urge their members not to take part in such acts'.

The right organisation also said, "Reports that police failed to ensure protection for minority communities - even though they had received news about imminent attacks – are disturbing, and must be investigated."

The High Court on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 ruled questioning the inactivity of law enforcers and their failure to protect the citizens, and ordered relevant authorities to ensure security to all religious establishments – mosques, churches, pagodas and temples.

The Home Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police of Cox's Bazaar district, and the Officer in Charge of Ramu Police Station were asked to reply to the rule within two weeks.

The High Court bench also ordered the probe committee, formed by the government to investigate Ramu mayhem, to submit its report to the court within Oct 17.

"The terms of reference for the investigation, called for by the Home Minister, must be made public and strong measures must be put in place to protect Buddhist, Hindu and all other witnesses who give evidence," Faiz said quoting Chittagong's Deputy Inspector General of Police, who told them that they had launched a probe into allegations that the Officer in Charge of the Ramu police station in Cox's Bazar had neglected his duty in ensuring the safety of minority communities.

"Those identified as responsible for the attack should be brought to justice in adherence to international fair trial standards and all people affected by the violence must be provided with shelter and assistance to rebuild their homes and places of worship," the statement said.

Bangladesh High Commission attacked in Colombo
Buddhist monks on Thursday, October 4, 2012 attacked the Bangladesh High Commission in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, in a backlash against the hate attack by miscreants on Buddhist homes and temples in Cox's Bazaar.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sufiur Rahman confirmed the incident took place around 4:15pm Bangladesh time.

According to him, a group of around 900 protesters , mostly monks, went to the mission to register their protest against the brutalities in Bangladesh in writing. Protesters waiting outside pelted water bottles and brickbats at the commission, breaking a windowpane.

Police rushed to the spot and monks leaders regretted the incident.

Rahman said security has been beefed up around the commission and his residence.

Protests have been going on at the city over the Bangladesh incident and the commission received a written statement condemning the attack on Thursday morning, where a minister joined, said Rahman.

Sri Lanka's Colombo Gazette said the protesters including several Buddhist monks took to the streets to vent their anger over the incident in Bangladesh and threw water bottles and brickbats towards the commission, damaging windows and other property.

The internet newspaper also reported that their government had prior information that some extremist elements may attempt to create tensions in the city.

On Wednesday, Muslim organisations in Colombo condemned the attack on the Buddhist temples in Bangladesh, said the report.


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