Eastern times, Special Correspondent, Dhaka, 7 October: Bangladesh Hindu, Bouddha, Christian Oikya Parishad Saturday staged demonstrations in Dhaka and Chattogram, protesting recent communal attacks across the country.
A group of Oikya Parishad activists gathered in front the National Museum in Shahbagh around 10:00am for two hours and held a rally there.
They demanded putting a stop to attacks on minority communities, which they claimed were done through spreading rumours of “hurting religious sentiment”.
They also demanded that the government form a commission to investigate all the attacks since 2012.
Nearly 500 people of 10 associations — representing minority groups — took part in the programme.
In Chattogram, another group of the parishad took to the streets in New Market intersection of the port city.The blockade caused traffic jam.
Speaking at the programme, Rana Das Gupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad, said they will arrange a long march if the communal attacks are not stopped immediately.
Addressing the rally, Oikya Parishad leaders claimed that they are living amid uncertainty as the ‘government failed to protect them’.
Rana Dasgupta said, “Honorable Prime Minister, some ministers and leaders of your government find it difficult to trust us anymore. Because they don’t do what they say, they don’t say what they do. ‘
He said, “I want a thorough trial and investigation into the atrocities I have talked about. Strict punishment by identifying those responsible – I want it. Those arrested on false charges want to be released from prison. Those hackers want to be punished.
If the government does not demand, we will announce the toughest program. If necessary, I will give a program like Long March. I will go to Dhaka from Chittagong on foot.