People from all walks of life, including teachers, political leaders, cultural and rights activists and members of the minority communities, yesterday strongly protested the recent attacks on Hindus in different districts across the country and vowed to resist communal violence.
They staged rallies and formed human chains in the districts across the country, demanding security of the minorities and exemplary punishment of the culprits involved in the attacks, according to our correspondents.
Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhattra Shibir attacked Hindus, set fire to their houses, looted valuables and vandalised temples and idols in the last six days since Thursday last.
In Rangpur, people from all walks of life joined a human chain programme and then held a rally in the city protesting recent attacks on Hindus by Jamaat-Shibir activists in different districts.
Rangpur units of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad, Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, and Bangladesh Chhatra-Juba Oikya Parishad organised the programmes in front of the deputy commissioner's office.
Addressing the rally, the speakers urged all to resist attacks on the members of the minority communities and maintain communal harmony across the country. They also demanded immediate arrest of the Jamaat-Shibir men involved in arson attack on the houses of Hindus.
Banomali Pal and advocate Rathis Chandra Bhoumik, president and general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad Rangpur unit, advocate Rezaul Karim Raju, general secretary of Awami League Rangpur district unit, Dipak Kumar Saha, president of Rangpur unit of Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad spoke.
In Sylhet, a meeting was held on the premises of Khoradipara Nabin Chandra Government Primary school in the city to resist attacks on the members of the minority communities in the district
Representatives from the Hindu Community, Manipuri and other ethnic groups joined the meeting and vowed to maintain communal harmony. The meeting also decided to form committees at all wards in the city to resist any attack on the minority people.
Another meeting was held in the city's Pallabi residentail area on Monday night with retired Engineer Luthfur Rahman in the chair. Ward Councillor Jogodish Das attended the meeting organised by Pallabi Samaj Kalyan sangstha.
In Patuakhai, a human chain was formed in front of Patuakhali Press Club, protesting the recent attacks on the houses of Hindus, their business establishments and temples. Hindu- Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and Puja Udjapon Parishad Patuakhali units jointly organised the programme.
Kazi Alamgir Hossain, president of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Patuakhali unit, SM Delwar Hossain Dilip, secretary of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal district unit, Motaleb Mollah, secretary of CPB, Advocate Kamal Dutta of Puja Udjapon Parishad, and Atul Chandra Das, of Hindu-Bouddho- Christian Oikya Parishad addressed a rally at the venue.
In Bogra, People from all walks took a decision yesterday to guard the different area, mostly inhabited by Hindus, in Sherpur and Dhunat upazilas of the district.
Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Sherpur said three patrol teams will help the team in the areas.
In Dhunat upazila, traders, political leaders and upazila officials gathered at the local vegetables market on Monday evening and decided to guard the areas, mostly inhabitated by Hindus.
In Khulna, an anti-communal committee yesterday announced a 16-day programme to resist Jamaat's relentless violence across the country.
The programmes include human chains, rallies and processions at all wards in the city and nine upazila of the district.
Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Mayor of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) and convener of the committee, announced the programme at a press conference at Khulna Press Club at around 12:30pm.
Mayor Khaleque called upon the pro-liberation forces to forge a greater unity against the anti liberation forces.
The mayor also demanded arrest of the culprits who torched houses of Hindus and vandalised their temples.
In Rajshahi, Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) of Rajshahi University at a statement yesterday condemned the recent attacks on Hindus by Jammat-Shibir in different parts of the country.
They urged the countrymen to stay united against the anti liberation forces to build a non-communal Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, the teachers and students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday formed a human chain on the campus protesting the attacks on Hindus. Similar programmes were held in other districts too.