The Hindu Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad formed a human chain in Chittagong Saturday to protest what they called ‘heinous attacks’ by Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir on the country’s minority communities in the wake of the death verdict for Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
Members of the Hindu community and
their temples in south Chittagong, Noakhali and Bagerhaat were attacked during
the violence Thursday and Friday.
“A particular section of people has
been creating anarchy across the country ever since Jamaat leader Sayedee was
sentenced to death Thursday,” Rana Dasgupta, the general secretary of the
council, told a press conference ahead of the human chain programme staged in
front of the port city’s Press Club Saturday.
“This state of lawlessness
is affecting the religious minorities the way it happened in 1971”
attacks are definitely by the Jamaat-Shibir activists since Sayedee is a Jamaat
leader,” Dasgupta, who is also a prosecutor of the International Crimes
More than 1,000 homes and nearly 100 places of worship
were attacked over the past two days. Many died succumbing to their
“Given the recent spate of violence, we fear that the days
before the 2014 elections would be a terrifying one for the racial and religious
minorities in the country,” he said.
On Thursday’s atrocities in
Banshkhali, he said Aminur Rahman Chowdhury, accused in a case of torching 11
members of a Hindu family to death in 2003, had been directly involved in the
He said two councillors, one of whom is a Jamaat chief of
the Banshkhali municipality and another named Abu, had been involved in the
Rana Dasgupta said Chairman Rezaul Karim was involved
in the Satkania incidents.
He expressed concern that no one has been
arrested so far over the attacks on minorities.
A charter of six demands
was disclosed at the press briefing that included taking measures against those
responsible, listing the victims and initiating measures for their
rehabilitation and state action for renovation of the vandalised
A procession will be taken out and a rally staged Wednesday at
4pm to press for these demands.