Buddhists point at police super
Buddhist leaders yesterday demanded removal of the Cox's Bazar
superintendent of police and immediate action against him for his
alleged inaction during the recent atrocities on the minority
community in Ramu.
They made the demand at a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister's
Foreign Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi in Ramu. The SP, Selim Mohammad
Jahanagir, was present.
The leaders handed over the adviser a seven-point charter of demands
to bring back communal harmony in the upazila.
Incensed apparently by a Facebook posting of a photo derogatory to the
holy Quran, religious bigots in Ramu destroyed 12 pagodas and more
than 50 houses on the night of September 29.
The charter held inaction of the police responsible for the atrocities
on the Buddhists. "Had the police played its due role, the situation
would not have been so grave."
The demands include immediate identification of the culprits, their
arrest and meting out exemplary punishment to them, formation of a
special tribunal for a fair and neutral probe into the atrocities,
engagement of senior and experienced investigators in the probe,
appointments of competent OC at Ramu Police Station and SP in Cox's
Bazar, better treatment for top monk Satyapriya Mohathero and
financial support to the family of Swapan Barua, who died of heart
attack after seeing the destroyed monasteries.
Later, addressing a citizens' rally on the Sima Bihar premises, Gowher
Rizvi said he went there to say sorry to the Buddhist community for
Terming the Ramu incident a national disaster, the adviser said, "I
have lost my words seeing the level of the atrocities. Those who
unleashed the despicable violence have no religion, party and
humanity. They will be tried on the soil of this country."
The Ramu atrocities had nothing to do with politics and nobody should
do politics with the incident, he mentioned.
Speaking at the programme as the chief guest, Industries Minister
Dilip Barua asked, "Why the police are not arresting the culprits even
after a month of the attack?"
The minister warned of trying the people who are harbouring the culprits.
Special Public Prosecutor and Cox's Bazar Awami League Joint Secretary
Nurul Islam said the home minister, industries minister and inspector
general of police visited Ramu on September 30.
"How could fresh attacks be carried out in Teknaf and Ukhiya the same
day following their return to Dhaka? Who is responsible for this? Has
this not put the role of the local administration into question?"
Though the Ramu upazila administration organised the programme,
upazila chairman, upazila nirbahi officer and the SP did not speak due
to objection by the Buddhist leaders.
Monk Satyapriya Mohathero, Deputy Commissioner of Cox's Bazar Mostak
Ahmed Chowdhury, Buddhist leaders Nitish Barua, Tarun Barua, Awami
Swechchhasebak League leaders Rahul Barua, Sunil Barua and Hindu
community leader Babul Sharma addressed the programme, among others.
All the speakers blasted the police for their miserable failure to
check the savageries and demanded the authorities concerned take the
cops under the purview of law.
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