Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee witnessing the exchange of agreements between India & Bangladesh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete (PTI6_6_2015_000220B)
Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee witnessing the exchange of agreements between India & Bangladesh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete (PTI6_6_2015_000220B)

Want Modi to take this issue up with the Bangladeshi leadership

Dhaka : As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on a two-day visit, Bangladesh’s Hindu community on Saturday said they live in “constant fear of persecution” by the religious fundamentalists and wanted the Indian leader to take note of this and raise it with the Bangladeshi leadership.

“The religious majority and the fundamental groups want the Hindus to leave this country, where we are born and brought up,” said Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council.

He said Hindus are under the “constant fear of persecution” by fundamentalists and felt India, as a global player, could help improve their conditions.             “We feel Narendra Modi, being the Prime Minister of India, should send out a strong message to the fundamental forces of Bangladesh that attacks on minorities will not be tolerated,” Dasgupta told PTI on a day Modi arrived here on his maiden visit.

Renowned theatre activist Piyush Bandopadhaya wants Modi to voice the concerns of the minorities, especially the Hindus, with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

“No doubt the Sheikh Hasina government is very friendly towards the minorities but we feel that if Modi steps in, it will be more fruitful,” he said.

Human rights groups and Hindu leaders in Bangladesh have been demanding more security for minorities amid regular reports of attacks on them in several parts of the country.

“We feel that if both the countries resolve together to fight against fundamentalism and religious terrorism of majority community on minority community, then the problems of attacks on minorities will be solved. We, the people of Bangladesh, want to live up to the principles propagated by Sheikh Mujibur Rehman,” ruling Awami League leader Pankaj Debnath told PTI.

Senior ministers of Bangladesh government feel the condition of minorities is much better than it used to be during the BNP’s rule.

“It is a basic psychological factor that minorities of any country always feel insecure. But the Awami League government is a secular government and protection of the rights of religious minorities of our country is our topmost priority and duty.

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