DHAKA, Jan 11 – Bangladesh’s Election Commission today directed law enforcement agencies to tighten security across the country to prevent attacks on minorities, specially Hindus, reports PTI.
“We have asked the law enforcement agencies to specially resist attacks on minority communities in different parts of the country in the wake of the January 5 parliamentary election,” said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad.
Ahmad issued the order during a meeting with security agencies on maintaining law and order during re-polling in eight constituencies on January 16. The law enforcers were well prepared to prevent such attacks, he was quoted as saying by The Daily Star newspaper.
Members of the minority community were attacked by workers of the main Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its right-wing ally Jamaat-e-Islami in Rajshahi, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and Jessore districts both before and after the polls.
Reports said Hindus were targeted by Opposition activists for backing the Awami League, which swept the polls following a boycott by the BNP-led Opposition alliance.