Rail minister Sujon visits Panchagarh after attack on Ahmadiyyas

  • Published at 04:51 pm February 15th, 2019

File photo of Railways Minister Advocate Md Nurul Islam Sujon

A five-member probe committee has been formed to investigate Tuesday’s attack

Railways Minister Advocate Md Nurul Islam Sujon has said the government is determined to ensure equal rights and security for all citizens of the country; regardless of their race, religion, or creed.

The minister remarked this while visiting Ahmadnagar area in Panchagarh, on Friday morning, following Tuesday’s violent attack on the area’s minority Ahmadiyya community.

During the visit, the minister also spoke with the victims and inspected damage caused by the vandalism and arson attack.

He said: “The government is always alert to ensure security for all citizens of the country, so that they can attend and observe their respective religious rituals and programs freely.”

“The Jamaat-BNP evil force, who carried out arson attacks in 2014, cannot accept their defeat by Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League in the recently-concluded general election. That is why they are frantic again; to mortify the government by carrying out such attacks,” he said.

Nurul Islam said the incident in Ahmadnagar is a clear example of BNP-Jamaat’s rampages. He also urged everyone, including law enforcement, to stay watchful so that such untoward incidents do not reoccur.

The minister directed law enforcement to ensure proper security for the Ahmadiyya community members and bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

He said the victims will be compensated and the cost of their treatment will be covered.

What happened in Ahmadnagar

Around 50 people have been injured in coordinated attacks by hardline Islamist groups on minority Ahmadiyyas in Panchagarh; over a “jalsha” annual convention being held  despite the local authorities cancelling it.

The attacks took place on Tuesday night on the streets of Ahmadnagar, the part of town where members of the minority Muslim sect have their homes and businesses, confirmed Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Panchagarh police station Abu Akkas.

The incident occurred between 9pm and 11pm. The injured have been admitted to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital.

The district authorities on Tuesday cancelled the three-day jalsha, which was scheduled to begin on February 22, amid protests from conservative Muslim groups.

A five-member probe committee has been formed to look into Tuesday’s attack.



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