State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan on Sunday said that the perpetrators of violence and arson attacks in the houses of the Hindu community in Pirganj must face exemplary punishment.
"Those who want to obstruct the development and advancement of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government are creating riots to destroy the atmosphere of communal harmony in the country," he said.
He was distributing cash grants, dry foods, rice and cattle fodders on behalf of the Ministry of Religious Affairs among the violence victim 66 families of the Hindu community at Kasba Majhipara village in Pirganj upazila as the chief guest.
The state minister distributed Taka 10,000 among each of the 28 severely affected Hindu families and Taka 5,000 among 38 other affected families of the village.
The state minister said that Bangladesh had gained independence through the Great War of Liberation under the leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and with the help of people belongs to all faiths, castes, creeds and religions.
"A non-communal Bangladesh is our constitutional base. Everyone in the society should be aware of the fact so that the vicious clique of the defeated anti-liberation forces of 1971 could no longer harm communal harmony," he added.