Initiate judicial probe
Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Alliance yesterday demanded a judicial probe into the recent communal violence in the country.
In a statement, the alliance said that the probe report should be made public immediately.
The alliance condemned the ongoing communal attacks and demanded an end to the violence immediately.
These are "hate crimes" and a clear violation of human rights, the alliance said, adding, "It is a massive attack on the spirit of the country's communal harmony and secular values."
The alliance called upon the administration to take bold measures against zealots, who carried out the violence using religion.
Although the law enforcement agencies, local administration and representatives claim to have preparation, the communal violence centring Durga Puja shows their weakness and inability, the statement read.
"It is clear from the series of events that some identified radical communal groups have been carrying out the incidents cashing on in religion," the statement further reads.
The alliance urged the state, government, local representatives and administration to take effective steps so that such incidents are not repeated.
The alliance also assured to provide all-out cooperation to stop such violence and attacks.
The 26 eminent personalities who signed the statement include CSO Convener Rasheda K Choudhury, General Secretary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Maleka Banu, Action Aid Bangladesh Country Director Farah Kabir, Executive Director of CPD Fahmida Khatun, President of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) Sultana Kamal, Coordinator of Nijera Kori Khushi Kabir, Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) Executive Director Shaheen Anam, Executive Director of BELA Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Chairman of JAAGO Foundation Trust Korvi Rakshand, Regional Director of Water Aid Khairul Islam, Dhaka Ahsania Mission Executive Director (ED) M Ehsanur Rahman, Executive Director of Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK) Dibalok Singha, General Secretary of Adivasi Forum Sanjeeb Drong, Executive Director of Brac Asif Saleh, Executive Director of Center for Disability in Development AHM Noman Khan, Chairperson of FNB Jakir Hossain, Chairperson of Sajeda Foundation SN Kairy, Country Director of ADD International Shafiqul Islam, Founder of Protibondhi Kalyan Foundation Mansur Ahmed Chowdhury, Executive director of ALRD Shamsul Huda, Chairperson of Credit and Development Forum Morshed Sarkar, Executive Director of SKS Rasel Ahmed Liton, Executive Director of Sushilon Mostafa Nuruzzaman, Executive Director of BYLC Ejaj Ahmad, Executive Director of Faria Lara Foundation Selina Hossain.