by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka ;
The government has warned the Islamists, who vandalized many public establishments in the name of a protest, to be handled in an iron fist unless they restraint from doing the same.
“None will be spared for committing violence and anarchy,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said on Sunday after a meeting with the senior officers of the law enforcement agencies in Dhaka.
The meeting was called in the aftermath of a strike called by the Hefazat-e-Islami Bangladesh, a radical Islamist group that campaign for sharia law in Bangladesh, and subsequent violence in many parts of the country.
The minister said a section of unruly militants attacked various public and private establishments, police stations and railway stations, press club, residence and office of the district council chief in Brahmanbaria.
The outfit, Hefazat e Islami Bangladesh, employed the minor boys and student of the madrassa on the road to use them as shields, the minister said. They also damaged property in Chittagong and created a anarchic situation.
The minister said a vested group, who runs a web-platfrom Basher Kella, also incited criminal activities through social media.
“We tried to face the matter with utmost patience; but from now on we will deal it with iron hands,” warned the minister. The government will do everything needed to thwart the acts of terrorism, he added.
At least 12 people have been killed in clashes during protests Hefazat has organized in the last three days. Many property were destroyed by the protesters.
The Islamist group took to the street to oppose Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit. The activists protested when Modi joined Bangladesh’s golden jubilee celebration of its independence from Pakistan.
Kamal said various militant groups including BNP might have involved in such instigation for unleashing terrorism and violence.