Protesting communal violence: Bangladesh Hindu Parishad blockades Shahbagh intersection
Around 300 activists of Bangladesh Hindu Parishad blocked the Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka today protesting recent attacks on the Hindu community.
Taking position on the intersection around 4:00pm, they held a rally in front of the National Museum, our Dhaka University correspondent reports.
Traffic movement was halted for an hour and a half due to the blockade.
The protesters brought out a procession there and marched towards the Jatiya Press Club around 5:00pm.
"We see communal attacks are continuously happening across the country since October 13 [during Durga Puja celebrations]. Such attacks had happened many times before, but not a single incident saw justice," said Advocate Sumon Kumar Roy, president of Bangladesh Hindu Lawyer Parishad.
"We demand immediate arrest of those who are involved in these attacks and want exemplary punishment," he added.
"We also demand that the government form a law to ensure security of minorities," said Engineer Uttam Kumar Saha, convener of the Narayanganj district unit of the Bangladesh Hindu Parishad.
In order to ensure the overall security of minority communities, a Ministry of Minorities should be formed, they demanded.