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Punish culprits hard: PM

Published : 19 Oct 2021 10:43 PM | Updated : 21 Oct 2021 12:20 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked Home  Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to take immediate action against the perpetrators  involved in the recent vandalism at Puja Mandaps and arson attacks on the  houses of the Hindu community.

"She (Prime Minister) has again given clear instruction to the Home  Minister to take stern actions against those who are behind the incidents as  soon as possible, completing investigations," said Cabinet Secretary Khandker  Anwarul Islam.

He briefed the newsmen after the virtual cabinet meeting.

The prime minister chaired the regular cabinet meeting, joining remotely  from her official residence Ganabhaban as her cabinet colleagues were present  at secretariat.

The cabinet secretary said the premier asked the home ministry to  investigate the issues promptly and take action against those who initiated  the incidents. 

He said the religious and political personalities were simultaneously  requested to raise public awareness, not to show reaction to any "small  twisting act" of anyone.

Khandker Anwarul said something might be found out within very shortest  time over the Cumilla incident.

He said the holy Islam doesn't give the authority to any Muslim to go for  destructive acts in case of defamation of the religion. It is quite  unacceptable to Islam, he added.

".....they can stage protests and place demands before the government for  exposing the perpetrators to justice and giving them punishment," he said.

In case of defamation of the Holy Quran, he said, the Quran doesn't give  anyone the authority to destroy anything of other religion.