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HC asks govt as fresh attacks on Hindus in Dinajpur, Barisal

The High Court yesterday directed the government to protect until further orders the minority communities and places of worships attacked allegedly by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP in Noakhali on Thursday.

In a suo moto rule, the authorities concerned were also asked to repair the houses and places of worships and to bring those back to their previous condition. A report on the compliance of the directives has to be submitted in the court in 10 days, the HC said.

The court passed the rule on the government following a report published in The Daily Star on March 2 with the headline "Attacks on Noakhali Hindus: Victims feel insecure."

The HC directives came in tandem with fresh attacks on minority establishments reported from Munshiganj, Dinajpur and Barisal yesterday.

Soon after the International Crimes Tribunal-1 passed a verdict against Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delawar Hossain Sayedee for war crimes on Thursday, leaders and activists of Jamaat, its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir and local BNP men launched attacks on the Hindus in Noakhali, according to the March 2 report.

The opposition party men torched, vandalised and looted at least one temple and many houses at Begumganj of the district, sending the minorities into a panic, the report says. Jamaat-Shibir men also damaged six temples, torched 36 houses and vandalised 40 other houses after looting those at Alampur and Aladin Nagar villages in Rajganj.

Witnesses said Shibir activists Saddam and Alauddin and BNP activists Khalil and Ibrahim led the attacks.

An HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Mahmudul Hoque yesterday issued another rule upon the government to explain in 10 days why it should not be directed to arrest and prosecute the criminals.

Home secretary, inspector general of police, deputy commissioner (DC) and superintendent of police (SP) of Noakhali, and officer-in-charge (OC) of Begumganj have been made respondents to the rule.

Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder told The Daily Star that he had already informed the DC of Noakhali of the HC order and asked him to take steps.

In the latest development, a temple was set on fire at Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj around 10:00pm yesterday.

Seeing the fire, people in the neighbourhood rushed to the place and doused it. But by that time many idols of Goalimandra Monipara Kali Mandir were damaged, said Anil Chandra Das, president of the temple's committee.

Local people said they suspected that hartal supporters were behind the incident.

In Barisal, unidentified miscreants tried to torch a Hindu temple at Aliganj Bazaar of Hizla upazila, but were resisted. In another incident, police arrested three people in connection with damaging and torching of idols of Hindu goddesses at Sarbojoneen Durga Mandir in Gournadi upazila of the district.

OC of Gournadi Police Station Abul Kalam Azad said police had raided different areas in the early hours yesterday and arrested Mizan Khalifa, 20, first year student of Dhaka Titumir College, Baharuddin Ahmed 31, a businessman of Dhaka and Aminul Islam, 18, student of Gournadi Kasemabad Madrasa.

"We have sent the arrestees to the court in the afternoon with a seven-day remand prayer for interrogation," the police officer said.

In Dinajpur, harvests of rice belonged to nine Hindu families were burnt to ashes and at least 50 trees were felled on the Dinajpur-Panchagarh highway at Birganj upazila allegedly by Jamaat-Shibir men.

Fire brigades rushed to the spot and doused the fire, Abdul Kader Zilani, officer-in-charge of Dinajpur Sadar Upazila, confirmed.

Meanwhile, a monitoring cell has been formed at the Dhakeshwari National temple to collect information about attacks on minorities across the country and to take immediate action. People are requested to contact at phone numbers -- 02-9611353, 02-8616248 and 01711308148.

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Every specific instance of vandalism against the minority community, their houses and religious places must be probed to identify the culprits and take measures to bring them to justice. At the same time, the victims need to be compensated so that they are able to rebuild their lives.

: Sengupta, Canada

We have also seen reports before that the AL men were involved in such cases. So, every indication should be taken into consideration. It is also not unusual that the Jamaat-Shibir men may be involved in such heinous acts in the first bout of reactions against the verdict of tribunal against Sayedee. Minorities should be protected.

: ABM Mosleh Uddin


  • Kabir Hossain
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:27 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    We appreciate the High Court decision about protecting minorities.However, it has failed to give directives to protect the citizens from the hand of the brutal government.One of these judge is himself surrounded by controversies.

  • Barkat
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:44 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    More than 95 % of those killed in last few days are Muslims in a Muslim majority nation. But the HC ignores the death of majority and is concern only for minority. As if the death of majority is of no issue to HC because they were killed by government. It is beyond doubt that Judiciary is completely under the control and dictate of AL government and will be used at its will and wish. For any nation that sacrifices Justice for politics that nation is sure to enter failure and anarchy is its future.

  • Dr. Nazmul Haq
    Monday, March 4, 2013 02:17 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    It is interesting to note, how the elected government is slowly abdicating their power to an unelected group of people to govern. Some day will come when these unelected people will conspire with other unelected entity of Bangladesh to usurp state power.

  • Moumit, London
    Monday, March 4, 2013 02:51 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    The Constitution of this country guarantees the freedom of religion. However, the use of countrywide violence by Jamaat-Shibir against the religious minorities has subverted the reliance of the masses upon the Constitution. Jamaat-Shibir are, therefore, guilty of committing sedition under the Constitution. Since BNP is supporting their activities, BNP is also guilty of the same offence.

  • Manzoor Ashraf
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:10 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh is not like Myanmar or India, we are all one people as such each citizen must assist the legal authorities to stamp out such vandalism as these occurrences overshadow the main aim that is to oust the criminal Awami League Government that is killing unarmed civilians.

  • Selma
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:11 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Criminal acts as these must not occur in a cultured land as Bangladesh.

  • Alan
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:48 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    They know very well that their time is up! Moderate Bangladesh appears to be in the majority and the radicals know this. Hats off to the brave and good people of Bangladesh.

  • Zaman Rahman
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:55 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    It is the government's responsibility to protect all its citizens irrespective of race religion or creed.

  • Bal Supporter
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:29 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Who is going to protect the majorities? Can not the HC see the majorities?

  • Khaleda Alam from Canada
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:55 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Yes this is the obligation of government that is why HC is asking govt. why not they perform their duties. Beside that HC also ask why not govt. arrested those Jamaat Shibir and BNP leaders whose name was in the list of attackers.

  • Michael Tripura
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:21 PM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    The government should ensure every person's security..... we are not fundamentalist....we are brethren, sisters,,,,,,,,,

  • anuradha mandal
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:23 PM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)


    can any one help hindu Minorities? why only hindu people are suffering? What they have done? every time If something happen & its hindu people always suffer? Can govt or any body reply me?

  • Imam Haque
    Monday, March 4, 2013 05:48 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Why not all citizens of the country?

  • Ashanulla, Canada
    Monday, March 4, 2013 06:24 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    If u are a Bengalee rise against and resist the killers and butchers of 1971 -- the way we did in 1964 communal riot & 1971 liberation war. The collaborators who want to make our country another Pakistan should be exterminated from the face of our mother land.

  • Sanat K. Bhowmik
    Monday, March 4, 2013 09:02 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Government should take immediate steps for stopping this.

  • Md. Sujan Mia, Dhaka
    Monday, March 4, 2013 09:09 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    I strongly condemn the attacks on the minorities. No religion 't permits to attack the people of other religion. We should be united against such brutal acts. The government should take stringent measures to protect the lives and properties of the minorities. Bangladesh isn't a extremist Muslim country. It is a moderate one. We have retain our image as a nation of communal harmony and peaceful co-existence.

  • S K
    Monday, March 4, 2013 10:16 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Before it is too late, the Govt should take proper steps to ensure safety of minority people and their properties. The Govt has to shoulder the responsibility if one more house of the minority is burnt down. Why will the minority people be the victims of any political unrest? Everybody knows the state is trying the war criminals. But why are these people being made scapegoats again and again? These questions are needed to be answered.

  • Snr Citizen
    Monday, March 4, 2013 10:55 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Minorities must be protected; and this is more the Govt's duty as is everyones. Destroying their lives is NO answer to any problem, especially when it is not their creation. But let there be no blame-game be in interplay by any incident of proxy acts. The sooner SANITY makes a come back the better.

  • naabaj
    Monday, March 4, 2013 12:12 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Not only the heinous JamaatsSibir but also their protector BNP should be brought to justice and given exemplary punishment for this heinous crime. This is the brand of atrocities these Pakistani collaborators perpetrated during 1971 which alone can cancel their citizenship.

  • An Observer
    Monday, March 4, 2013 12:13 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Why HC needs to ask government to protect minorities? It is not government's responsibility to protect every citizen irrespective of religion, race and colour? Let us not forget that a government that fails to do that must be an inefficient government.





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