Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the country’s home minister to initiate immediate action against those who incited communal violence as she urged the people not to trust anything on social media without fact-checking.
Attacks on Hindu temples have intensified in Bangladesh since last Wednesday after an alleged blasphemous post surfaced on social media during the Durga Puja celebrations. On late Sunday night, a mob damaged 66 houses and set on fire at least 20 homes of Hindus in Bangladesh.
During the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Hasina instructed Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to initiate immediate action against those who incited violence using religion, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune newspaper.
She has instructed the home ministry to remain vigilant and take steps to prevent such incidents from recurring, Khandker Anwarul Islam said.
Local media reported that six Hindus were killed in separate attacks, but the figures could not confirmed independently. Hasina has announced to provide all possible assistance to the affected families.
“Do not fear, 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 Quader said at a rally in front of the party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue here.