Hindus protest in Bangladesh against communal violence, recent hate crimes

The Hindu community in Bangladesh today protested against communal violence and recent hate crimes in Brahmanbarhia area of Dhaka.

Thousands of Hindus took position in front of the National Press Club in Shahabag area in the capital around 12 pm today.

They came under the banners of Hindu student organisations based in Dhaka University. Other organisations and regular people also joined the demonstration.

Traffic movement in the area was also disrupted due to their presence.
Vehicles were stuck in traffic jams - from the National Press Club, Matsya Bhaban to Ruposhi Bangla intersection, Katabon and on the university campus - despite Friday being a weekend. Buses were taking other routes to the university campus.   

An effigy of Fisheries Minister Sayedul Hoque who represents Brahmanbarhia's Nasirnagar in Parliament was burnt by the protestors who hold him responsible for the October 30 attack on Hindu temples and homes.

They demanded his immediate resignation as minister. Some of the placards they carried, read 'Is it a crime to be born a Hindu?', 'Is leaving home the only way?'.
Hindu students of the Dhaka University took out a march outside the Jagannath Hall around 10 am against recent incidents of attacks on religious minorities.

The procession passed TSC and Doyel Chattar before reaching the National Press Club.
Several organisations, already present in the location, joined the students' procession and marched with them to Shahbagh.

Organisations that were holding protests against communal violence outside the National Museum also joined in.
President of the Bangladesh Hindu Oikyajot Gobinda Chandra Pramanika said, "A gathering, a secular country or element can not have any communal discrimination." He said Bangladesh is a secular country but our war is against the communal forces.
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