Agartala: Chakma community united in protest at the Bangladesh High Commission in Agartala against the recent attacks on a Buddhist Monastery in Bangladesh. They also submitted a memorandum to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through the High Commission.
Members of six Chakma organisations of Tripura – Chakma Buddhist Welfare Society, Young Chakma Association, Tripura Chakma Students Association, Chakma National Council of India and Tripura Rejjyo Chakma Gabuchya Joda staged the protest.
The groups condemned the attack and torching of the Katakhali Forest Buddhist Monastery under Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar district on October 24 by miscreants. During the attack, at least eight indigenous persons, including women, belonging to the Chakma community were injured.
The memorandum submitted by these organizations stated that the Katakhali Forest Buddhist Monastery took place following a series of incidents of vandalism and arson of Hindu temples, Durga Puja pandals, and attacks on Hindu minorities from October 13.
This, they alleged, “shows that the government of Bangladesh has not taken any measure to ensure protection of the religious minorities in the country. This is because the government of Bangladesh as on date has failed to punish those who destroyed 19 Buddhist temples and about 100 houses at Ramu, Cox’s Bazar and Patiya of Chittagong in 2012.”
The Chakma organizations further reminded through their memorandum, that the onus of protecting the life, property and right of the religious minorities to practice their religion in the country lies on the Bangladesh government.
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