Bengal BJP to protest against attack on minorities in Bangladesh

  • Ravik Bhattacharya
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2016 23:13 IST
In this file photo, a Bangladeshi policeman stands guard where a top Hindu priest was killed in the remote northern district of Panchagarh. (AFP)


The Bengal BJP is all set to pass a special resolution in its state committee meet highlighting the plight of minorities who are under constant attacks from Islamist militants in Bangladesh.

It also plans to initiate a state-wide movement condemning the attacks in the neighbouring country.

According to BJP sources, the special resolution will also stress allegations that fundamentalists from Bangladesh are finding shelter in Bengal.

On June 7, HT reported that Bangladeshi minorities have reached out to the saffron camp by holding meetings with the BJP and RSS leaders in Kolkata.

The party’s state committee meeting is scheduled in Siliguri on June 17 and 18 in the presence of central leaders, including party national general secretary and Union health minister J P Nadda and joint general secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash. The state unit will also write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prevail on the Sheikh Hasina government to ensure protection of Hindus in the neighbouring country.

“We are all set to pass a special resolution in our state committee meeting regarding attacks on minorities in Bangladesh. We are concerned and condemn what is happening in Bangladesh,” Dilip Ghosh told HT.

“A delegation of minority leaders from the neighbouring country met me and other BJP leaders in Kolkata. They do not want to run away from their country but stay on and fight for their safety and rights. We must help them. We also appreciate the Bangladesh government’s recent crackdown in fundamentalists,” Ghosh added.

State BJP leadership also said that turmoil in Bangladesh is having direct fallout in Bengal as terror elements are seeking in and obtaining shelter in the state.

Militants have killed more than 30 people since early last year, ranging from atheist bloggers and liberal academics to gay rights campaigners, foreign aid workers and members of minority communities, prompting authorities to launch a nationwide anti-militant clampdown.

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