Accusing the government of trying to make a petty political gain by politicising the attacks on Buddhists, their houses and worship places in Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong, BNP Chairperson Khaleda on Saturday renewed her party’s demanded for a credible inquiry into the brutal incidents.
In a statement Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, warned that her party cannot tolerate any kind of threat to the lives of the minorities and destruction of their property and worship places.
“Two weeks have elapsed since the attacks on Buddhist temples, and the minorities and torching of their houses in Ramu, Ukhia and Patiya, but the people of Bangladesh have not yet seen any credible investigation into the incidents to debunk its motive and identify the instigators. Any concrete initiative is also not in sight to track down the real culprits and bring them to justice,“ she said.
Khaleda said: “Instead, the government is making evil efforts to gain parochial political interest and suppress the opponents by giving the serious issue a political colour. We can’t remain silent under the circumstances.”
On the night of September 29, religious zealots went on a rampage in Ramu of Cox's Bazar, leaving 12 temples and monasteries and over 50 houses destroyed. The violence was apparently triggered following the posting of a photo on the facebook defaming the holy Quran.