NHRC chief apologiges over Ramu incident, BNP probes


The Daily Star Online Report October 5, 2012

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman on Friday apologised to Buddhist community for the recent communal violence that left 12 of their temples burnt out.

“We are ashamed, aggrieved, sorry and asking for your forgiveness,” the NHRC chairman told the people while visiting Shima Bihar (temple) at Ramu in Cox’s Bazar.

ক্ষমা চাইলেন মিজানুর রহমান

This is a crime not only against the minority people but against the state and the nation as well, he added, reports our Chittagong correspondent.

মকসুদের নেতৃত্বে রামু যাচ্ছে ১৪ সদস্যের প্রতিনিধি

Prof Mizanur also stressed for ensuring justice to the minority group by bringing in the culprits to book after proper investigation.

A mob destroyed 12 Buddhist temples and monasteries and more than 50 houses in Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Sunday. The violence was apparently triggered by a Facebook posting of a photo defaming the holy Quran.

 

Senior BNP leaders visit the spots of violence in Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Friday. Photo: Anisur Rahman

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Friday alleged that law enforcers were inactive during the attack on Buddhist monasteries and houses at Ramu in Cox’s Bazar.

“It was a pre-planned attack and the role of police was not satisfactory during the attack on Buddhist temples, Moudud told reporters after visiting Ramu, reports our Chittagong correspondent.

প্রশাসন ও পুলিশ ছিল নির্লিপ্ত

Moudud is leading an eight-member investigation committee formed by the opposition party to probe into the Ramu incident.

A mob destroyed 12 Buddhist temples and monasteries and more than 50 houses in Ramu upazila of Cox’s Bazar September 29 midnight.

The violence was apparently triggered by a Facebook posting of a photo defaming the holy Quran.

Some miscreants also vandalised two monasteries and a Hindu temple in Chittagong’s Patiya upazila and torched two monasteries at Ukhia and five houses at Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar.

The temples include some century-old pagodas, most revered by the country’s minority Buddhists.

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