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Bajrang Dal concerned at atrocities on Hindus in Bangladesh: Seeks PM’s intervention

Silchar, March 18: Hundreds of Bajrang Dal activists today joined a protest rally against atrocities on Hindus at home and in Bangladesh, raised slogans against the fundamentalists who were behind the series of unabated crimes, and after moving through the main streets of the town, gathered in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar to whom their frontline leaders submitted a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister of India, seeking his immediate intervention. The rally was addressed by the leaders who called upon people in general to unite and raise their collective and assertive voice against the activities of fundamentalists and fanatics which could not but be viewed seriously, considering its ramifications.
The memorandum, referring to the continuing attacks on Hindus, their houses, temples, business interests as well as incendiarism, arson and even killings in Bangladesh pointed out that if this trend continued, it would create a situation where the minorities of that country including Christians and Budhists might be forced to migrate to the other  side of the border. Its socio–economic consequences could well be imagined than described. In fact, the minorities were living in a state of fear and panic without any help or protection from the ruling Awami League Government, supposed to be friendly and sympathetic to their cause.
The situation was in no way different in Barak Valley which had undergone demographic topsy–turvy due to unchecked infiltration from across the border. The Hindu population was now being outnumbered by the swelling Muslims. And with that the crimes in the valley were on increase, the memorandum pointed out. Citing specific instances of crimes against Hindus, it was apprehended in near future their very life and safety would be at stake.
Some of the recent attacks by radical elements as mentioned referred to a minor Hindu girl of class VII from the village of Joypur under Lakhipur police station who was brutally raped. Though a group of miscreants were involved in the crime, under public pressure, only one was nabbed and the police was now trying to hush up the matter. In the areas bordering Bangladesh in Karimganj and Cachar districts, frequent incidents of dacoity, kidnapping and even dishonouring ofHindu women and girls had become a matter of grave concern.
The memorandum spoke of attempt on the life of a young Hindu social worker inside the Railway township of Badarpur in Karimganj district by the criminals of minority community. When the Hindus protested against it peacefully, the local police at the behest of the MLA of the area targeted them. Miron Roy, employee of a jewelery shop in the town of Karimganj, was done to death by some miscreants. The gruesome murder of Jayanta Saha of Silchar as highlighted in the media was yet another instance of how the extremist elements could resort to Taliban–type of torture.
Apart from that, drug trafficking, the memorandum pointed out, had also become a matter of major concern. This valley as the events of things indicated had turned into a corridor for the smugglers and antinational elements who had become more than desperate to smuggle out drugs and narcotics all the way to Myanmar after bringing them from different places of the country. During the last week, drugs worth Rs. 60 crore were seized by the security forces from Katigorah, Dholai Bazar and Karimganj town.
The memorandum signed by frontline leaders who included Rajat Kanti Deb, convenor, Rupak Das, publicity secretary, Bappan Rabi Das, security chief among others, urged upon the Prime Minister to exert diplomatic pressure on Bangladesh to end the atrocities on Hindus in that country and to prevail over the state government of Assam for initiating effective steps to check the activities of radical and fundamental elements who had become active. The enveloping developments, the leaders cautioned, could only be ignored at the cost of the internal security of the state and the country. (Source: SentinelAssam) 

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