Hundreds of people protest over religious violence in Bangladesh

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Hundreds of people demonstrated in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, on Monday (October 18), demanding an end to the country’s four-day-long religious violence, which has resulted in at least two fatalities and numerous injuries. Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated in the south-eastern Noakhali region on October 15 over an allegedly blasphemous event. According to Noakhali police commander Mohammed Shahidul Islam, two Hindu males died due to the demonstration.
“It’s unclear if they died as a result of the unlawful gathering or anything else,” Mr Islam said, adding that authorities are investigating the deaths. “Actually, all we can say is that they (the demonstrators) were miscreants.”
Mr Islam was adamant about not disclosing any further information. Several Hindu holy places have been assaulted in recent days, according to Bangladesh’s Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan. The Muslim-majority country’s Hindu population is about 10%.
“Since Saturday night, no incidents have been recorded. Our security personnel are patiently working based on intelligence data “Mr Khan was the one who broke the news. According to authorities, unidentified “miscreants” assaulted some residences in Rangpur city on Monday.
Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party took office in Bangladesh in 2009, the turmoil has been among the worst. It is a challenge to her party, which is considered the more secular of the two political parties that have alternated power in Bangladesh for the majority of the country’s independent existence.
Some of those who came to protest near Dhaka University in the capital city on Monday held banners demanding that the assailants be identified and brought to justice by the police. One of the banners said, “The safety of minorities in the country must be assured.”

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