Describing the recent Cumilla incident as very unfortunate, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the Awami League leaders and activists to step up their vigilance to maintain communal harmony across the country.
"Communal harmony has to be maintained. Our leaders and activists should increase their monitoring in every area," she said while opening the newly constructed office building of Cumilla city AL.
The premier joined the event virtually from the Gono Bhaban.
Hasina, also the AL president, asked the party leaders and activists to take initiatives for holding "peace conferences" and bringing out "peace processions" so that no conflict can arise and people from all religions live a peaceful life on this soil.
"Islam never allows disgracing others' religions. One has to respect others' religions alongside respecting their own."
The PM said if the religions of other communities are vilified, it ultimately demeans one's own religion. "If we analyse the Cumilla incident, we would see our Holy Quran was desecrated while trying to defame others' religion, which is very unfortunate."
Hasina urged people not to take law into their own hands. "If anyone commits an offence, the perpetrators would have to face justice, no matter who the persons might be. Our government would try them."
She said Prophet Muhammad (SM) asked not to do excesses over religion. "Everyone must know it, keep it in mind and follow it."
The premier said people from all religions had sacrificed their lives during the Liberation War. "So, we all will have to keep it in mind that Bangladesh is of the people of all religions and castes."
Referring to the recent incidents of breaking communal harmony, including in Cumilla and Pirganj of Rangpur, she said the government made all sorts of arrangements for the victims, including providing them with dry and cooked food, clothes and treatment.
The government would build houses for all the victims, Hasina said, adding that her party has always been with victims.
The PM said there is a section of people who cannot tolerate the country's progress. They, particularly BNP-Jamaat and Khaleda Zia, do not want Bangladesh to move ahead because of their love for Pakistan, she added.
LGRD Minister Tazul Islam, AL Organising Secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon and local AL MP AKM Bahauddin, among others, joined the function from the new office building.