- Posted March 4, 2013 by
Bangladesh is ablaze, 24 killed in fresh clashes, mass arrests amidst India’s President visit
Jamaat-e-Islami, country’s one of the main opposition party continues their nationwide 2-day strike as general public joins them in mass number for protest against Friday’s government sponsored mass murder. Eyewitnesses report that angry protesters attack police stations and torch a train after security forces started firing without provocation.
Information minister Hassanul Haque Inu told at a press conference " Security forces never attacked any unarmed person. In every confrontation Jamaat activist were the attackers. They attacked on police ...torched mosques, houses of the Hindu community and their temples," A spokesperson from Jamaat denies the accusation stating more than 1500 minority community protesters in Bogra sided along with them denouncing the mass killing of government.
Student wing of Jamaat, Islami Chatra Shibir (ICS) released pictures and statement in Facebook and other social media guarding Hindu temples against government atrocity. Reports said Jamaat is fearful that government will try to label them as terrorist organization to international community as they are already trying by ransacking minority faith’s houses and temples.
Government enhanced safety measures ahead of the strike as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee visits Dhaka since taking over his office. Former Prime Minister Begum Zia of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rejected meeting with the President amid statewide crisis. Many opposition leaders are blaming Indian government’s intelligence agency (RAW) for fueling the crisis and supporting the current government.
Today, President Mukherjee promised his continuous support for the current government along with the youth movement of Shahbag Square. Protesters accuse Indian government for artificially creating and funding the youth movement of Shahbag Square to ally with the ruling party Awamileague citing a recent report published in Times of India.
Angry protesters were criticizing President Mukherjee’s visit to Bangladesh stating a red carpet welcome and award reception in the midst of a genocide is ridiculous. Many Indian citizens fear that siding with the ruling party may have a ripple effect in India’s security considering both countries share a large border. Moreover, India’s interest in transit through Bangladesh for Mongla port, exports, coal mine, and natural gas may also jeopardize considering the remarkably low favorability of current Bangladeshi government in the general election of January 2014.