Communal violence: PM directs Home Minister to take stern action

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Md. Ashraful Islam: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the Home Minister to take strict action against those involved in communal violence in different parts of the country.

Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said the directive was issued after the issue of violence was discussed at a cabinet meeting at the secretariat on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister presided over the cabinet meeting by joining a video conference from Ganobhaban.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said, “It has been made clear in today’s cabinet meeting that we have to take very strict action. Those who are involved must be caught.

“Besides, we have to tell the people that there can be no reaction. If someone insults the Qur’an, the Qur’an does not give me any authority to go and break anything of his religion. Even if it is not a big crime, everyone should keep in mind that Islam does not give any authority to any Muslim. ”

During Durga Puja, a temple in Comilla was attacked and vandalized on October 13 for allegedly insulting the Quran.

Later, Hindu places of worship, houses, and businesses were attacked in several districts including Chandpur, Chittagong, Noakhali, Feni, and Rangpur.

A total of 61 cases of communal attacks have been registered in different districts and 450 people have been arrested, police said.

The cabinet secretary said, “I can protest, I can demand from the government that he should be tried and punished.” But I will go and do some destructive work – it is completely unacceptable in Islam. This is fitna. Fitna is the biggest crime. ”

Anwarul Islam said, “We have been handling this with the Home Minister for the last few days. Even today, he told the Home Minister that instructions have been given to take action.

“Those who started these should be caught as soon as possible. As well as religious and political figures, they have been told to share with the public that anyone can react to a minor twist – it is not permissible in Islam. “

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