Bangladesh’s Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina has rebuked India as the country has been rocked by communal violence targeting its Hindu minority as they celebrated the festival of Durga Puja.
“The rise of global terrorism also has had its impact on our country. Countering this is not only our responsibility, and neighbouring countries like India should also remain vigilant,” Hasina said.
“India did help us in the liberation war (of 1971) and we will remain ever grateful for the support… But they (India) have to be aware that such incidents should not take place there which would have an impact on Bangladesh, and the Hindus in our country face attacks,” Hasina added.
Mob violence in Bangladesh started after rumours spread through social media that a copy of the Quran had been desecrated at a puja pandal .
The country’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina, speaking to devotees at Bangladesh’s most prominent Hindu temple in Dhaka, promised that the people responsible for the violence would be “hunted down”.
“Our neighbouring country must also cooperate [in fighting communalism],” she said. “They must make sure that nothing is done there [in India] which affects our country and hurts our Hindu community.”
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