Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday directed her home minister to initiate immediate action against those inciting violence using religion as she urged people not to trust anything on social media without fact-checking. said.
Attacks on Hindu temples in Bangladesh have intensified since last Wednesday after an alleged blasphemy post surfaced on social media during Durga Puja celebrations. Late on Sunday night, mobs damaged 66 houses in Bangladesh and set fire to at least 20 houses of Hindus.
During the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Hasina directed Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to initiate immediate action against those inciting violence using religion, Cabinet Secretary Khandkar Anwarul Islam was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune newspaper.
Prime Minister Hasina, who attended the meeting through video conferencing from her official residence, also urged the people of the country not to trust anything on social media without fact checking, he said.
Islam said he has directed the Interior Ministry to remain vigilant and take steps to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
Local media reported that six Hindus were killed in separate attacks, but the figures could not be independently verified.
“The Comilla incident is being investigated. What exactly happened will be known soon,” he said, adding that the home ministry is working to bring the culprits to justice.
Ms Hasina has announced to provide all possible assistance to the affected families.
Meanwhile, the ruling Awami League party is holding “harmony rallies” and taking out peace marches across the country on Tuesday against the recent communal violence.
“Don’t be afraid, Hindu brothers and sisters. Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League are with you. Sheikh Hasina’s government is a minority friendly government,” Awami League general secretary Obaidul Kader said at a rally in front of the party’s central office on Bangabandhu. Avenue here.
According to the report of The Daily Star newspaper, he asked his party members to stand up against the communal forces.
He said the ruling party would be on the streets till communal forces were tackled.
Party leaders and workers across the country are ready to give a befitting reply to these forces, the paper quoted him as saying.