Agartala: A week after the Durga Puja pandals and families of Hindu minorities came under attack in Bangladesh, hundreds of members of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) took to the streets of Tripura capital on Thursday to protest against the incidents of communal violence in neighbouring Bangladesh.
BJP MLA Dilip Das from Barjala constituency, who also participated in the rally, said that the people gathered to protest against the atrocities carried out on the Hindus since 1946.
“The atrocities are carried out on the Hindus since 1946. It is being done in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hindus were at 28 per cent in the population ratio in these places, but now it has reduced to 8 per cent,” Das said. He also said that the number of attacks have increased after the emergence of the Taliban.
“This is for the first time that the entire nation and the world and people from various religions have come together against the Taliban mentality and the Muslims who carry out attacks on Hindus. It is a sign of hope and it indicates that people understand that the Taliban mentality is harmful to the entire world. Similarly, we stand in solidarity with them and voice our protest in Agartala and Tripura,” Das added.
The procession later marched towards the office of the Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner. Security and police personnel were deployed in large numbers during the rally and a memorandum was later submitted to the Assistant High Commissioner’s office.
Members of the right-wing organization claimed that there was no insubordination to Section 144 due to the protest.
Meanwhile, Dr Shankar Sarkar, Member of VHP Tripura said the protestors did not disobey the administration.
“We have been assured that the matter will be dealt with properly and no such incident will take place in the future. We were expecting more people to join our protest but they could not take part because of the imposition of Section 144,” he added.
Tripura VHP president Chandra Sekhar Kar said they have demanded security cover for the two crore Hindus living in Bangladesh and an immediate stop on the attacks on Hindu temples.
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