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12:00 AM, October 01, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 01, 2012

Khaleda for neutral probe, tough action

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday condemned and protested the attack, vandalism, and torching of Buddhist and Hindu temples and houses at Ramu in Cox's Bazar and nearby areas Saturday night.
In a statement issued last night, Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, demanded exemplary punishment of the instigators and criminals responsible after a neutral probe.
She urged all to ensure religious harmony everywhere in the country.
The former premier requested all to protect the lives, properties and worship places of people of minority communities.
"Bangladesh is a country of religious harmony. Those who want to destroy this tradition are the enemy of Bangladesh. They don't believe in religion. A religious person cannot take the way of terrorism," she said, urging people to resist such heinous “conspiracy”.
"I demand that the government, law enforcement agencies and the administration bring back peace and normalcy, dealing with the criminals with a strong hand," she said in the statement signed by her press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel.
She thanked her party's local unit leaders, workers and the local lawmaker for their efforts to contain the situation.
"I think such an incident could not have taken place had the administration and law enforcement agencies taken necessary steps in time," Khaleda said.
She claimed, "We have been informed that the ruling party leaders and workers led the mob responsible for the incidents. That was why law enforcers could not take action in time."
The BNP chief said she believed the government encouraged such activities only to divert public attention from their failure.
"Baseless, objectionable and intentional statements of ministers and ruling party leaders against opposition leaders made it clear. Such statements will hamper the fair investigation of this incident."

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