Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 25 March : Bangladesh Nationalist party- BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has alleged that Hindu minorities are moving to India being the victims of torture during the Awami League rule.
He asked, “Why the people of the minority communities are moving to India even after Awami League is in power today? What is the reason?”
Mirza Fakhrul made the allegation at a press conference at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka on Thursday.
He said, “This is happening (torture on minorities) because torture has increased on them more than the previous times and the aim is to seize their property, take advantage of their various opportunities and loot their goods.”
The BNP secretary general also questioned why the government is not repealing the Enemy Property Act enacted during the Pakistan period.
He said, “The Awami League says that they want to protect communal harmony, they want to protect the interests of minorities. But so far, they have not repealed the Enemy Property Act, they (minorities) have the fair rights they have.”
When pointed out that Awami League says that the number of minorities leaving the country was high during the BNP rule in 2001, Mirza Fakhrul said, “I will make a statement which will be my party statement, is not it? You can see from the investigative journalism that you are doing. According to every report, the number of minorities going to India has increased during this period.”
BNP vice-chairman Netai Roy Chowdhury, who visited Shalla upazila and talked to the victims, said the attack was premeditated one. “The houses and temples were vandalised and looted at the Hindu-inhabited village in Shalla upazila.”
“During our visit to the spot, we’ve witnessed indescribable destructions at the homes and worship places of the victims. The victims clearly told us that hundreds of people, led by local Juba League leader Swadhin Miah, came to the village and looted all valuables and furniture of about 60-70 houses, and destroyed windows, doors and fences of the houses. They beat men, women and the children,” he said.