Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Mohajote (BJHM) on Friday said a total of 98 members of the Hindu community were killed and 357 others injured across the country till 29 December this year. An alliance of Hindus in Bangladesh, the Hindu Mohajote revealed this in a report released at a press conference held at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity. Besides, 1,109 members of the community received death threat and attempts were made to kill 18 others during 1 January and 29 December 29 this year, said the report.
The alliance said the report was prepared based on reports published in different newspapers and their community’s sources.
Terming the outgoing year as ‘the year of torture’ for the people of minority communities, the alliance executive president Sukrtity Mandal said many Hindu families were compelled to leave the country for this reason.
He claimed 711 people either left the country or were threatened to leave the country, while 209 idols were ransacked and 22 others stolen during the period.
The executive president said 22 people of their community have also been missing, while 38 people were kidnapped and eight others are in jail during the period.
Alliance leaders, including its president Dr Protash Chandra Rai and secretary general Ananda Kumar Biswas, were present at the press conference.