The BNP has launched a probe into communal riot that ravaged minority Buddhist temples and homes in Cox’s Bazaar’s Ramu, Ukhia, Teknaf and Chittagong’s Patia between late Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. An eight-strong committee headed by the main opposition party’s Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed will investigate the riot, it said in a media statement on Monday.
Other members of the committee are another member of the Standing Committee Abdul Moyeen Khan, BNP’s Vice-President Abdullah Al Noman, BNP’s Chairperson’s Advisor Amir Khosru Mahmud Chodwhury, Joint Secretary General Salauddin Ahmed, Organising Secretary Golam Akbar Khandker, Executive Committee Member Goutam Chakrabarty and Dhaka University teacher Prof Shukamal Barua.
The riot broke out at Ramu on Saturday night and continued for five hours when religious zealots set seven Buddhist temples and at least 30 houses ablaze starting 11:30pm. The hate attacks spread to Patia, Ukhia and Teknaf the next day. Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir on Sunday alleged local BNP MP for instigating the riot.
In response, the BNP MP Lutfor Rahman Kajal and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia blamed ‘government patronisation’ for inciting the unrest. BNP’s Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from a programme organised by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal demanded punishment to the attackers to prevent such incidents recurring
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