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VHP takes out car rally in city in protest against Bangla violence

Assam minority students’ union writes to Sheikh Hasina

Shillong, Oct 20: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Shillong took out a car procession from Jhalupara Point to Butchar Road on Wednesday in protest against the vandalisation of temples and killing of devotees in Bangladesh by unidentified miscreants during Durga Puja celebrations.

In a statement, VHP said it had requested the Bangladesh government to take strict action against the miscreants and provide protection to the members of minority communities.

VHP has also appealed to the United Nations “to play a proactive role in preventing atrocities on Hindus.

“The UNO should justify its raison d’etre by sending Peace Keeping Force to such Jihad-affected places. The VHP appeals to the Government of Bharat to exert an adequate amount of pressure on the Government of Bangladesh so that the latter can fulfil its obligation to ensure the safety and security of its indigenous minority Hindu population. We would like to thank deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills for giving us permission to hold the peaceful procession, superintendent of police and superintendent of traffic for their support during the procession,” the right-wing said.

Protests were also held in neighbouring Assam where Amra Bangali, a Kolkata-based social organisation, condemned the violence against Hindus.

On Wednesday, the All Assam Minorities Students’ Union sent a memorandum to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requesting her to take “all necessary steps to protect the lives, properties and religious places of worship of the minorities”.

A letter was sent to the prime minister through Assistant High Commissioner Shah Mohammad Tanvir Monsur.

“We are highly aggrieved and anguished about the atrocities on religious minorities,” the group said as it hoped that the neighbouring country would live up to the principle of secularism and vision of its founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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