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Khaleda Zia strongly condemns attacks on Hindus
Dhaka, March 05, 2013
First Published: 11:20 IST(5/3/2013)
Last Updated: 11:26 IST(5/3/2013)

Bangladesh's main opposition leader Khaleda Zia has condemned the recent attacks on Hindus in different parts of the country allegedly by activists of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami and demanded punishment to perpetrators of the attacks.

She, however, made no mention of BNP ally Jamaat-e-Islami which, according to the victims, unleashed terror against the Hindus, burning down houses and temples, shortly after a war crimes tribunal gave death sentence to Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee last week.

On March 1, Zia, the chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, had blamed the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the "planned attack aimed to divert people's democratic movement and destroy the country’s communal harmony".

Now, days after the atrocities against minorities, she demanded that the government identify and punish the perpetrators through "neutral" investigation and compensate the victims.

"I called upon the administration and law enforcers to prevent such attacks on minorities with an iron fist," said Khaleda.

Hindus, their houses and temples had come under attacks in districts like Noakhali, Satkhira and Sirajganj on Thursday.

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