Govt. calls for report on sectarian violence
External Affairs Ministry has called on the Sri Lankan High
Commission in Bangladesh to submit a full report on violence triggered
on Buddhist temples by some sectarian mobs in Bangladesh.
External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama yesterday
said he has called for an urgent report on the incidents involving
attacks on Buddhist temples in Bangladesh.
"The attacks had taken place on Saturday near the Myanmar border, in
Buddhist localities in Ramu and neighbouring areas in Cox's Bazzar
(district)," said Amunugama.
Bangladesh Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir had told the media in
Bangladesh about the attacks that they were perpetrated by radical
elements. Rohingyas and political opponents of the government were also
involved. The attacks were carried out to cause communal discord in
Bangladesh, the minister had said.
Asked about the situation Amunugama said ," we have learned that the
violence had erupted over the infamous anti-Islamic film named
"Innocence of Muslims" that has angered the Muslim world to which the
Buddhist community has no involvement whatsoever."
Asked what he had to say about the film he said he condemns movies
that denigrate religious leaders and objects that are held in veneration
by their followers.
"Freedom of expression should not be abused by taking liberties with
the masses," he added.Asked about the safety of Sri Lankan Buddhists in
Bangladesh, Amunugama said there is a large number of Sri Lankan youth
in Chittagong doing their studies.
"We request the government of Bangladesh to provide security for
them. I have instructed our High Commissioner in Bangladesh Sarath
Weragoda to deal closely with the government of Bangladesh to ensure
their security and safety."
According to reports from Chittagong, Police have tightened security
in Chittagong following the incidents in Cox's Bazzar, where several
Buddhist temples came under attack by some mobs. Meanwhile Prime
Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, attending the U.N. General
Assembly in New York, has reportedly called for tough measures to
prevent further attacks on minority communities.