Attacks on Hindu community: HC issues rule

Upon a public interest litigation writ (PIL) petition, the High Court on Thursday asked the government to submit a report in three weeks on the steps it has taken after the recent attacks on the minority Hindu community across the country.Passing the interim order, an HC division bench comprising Justice Naima Haider and Justice Zafar Ahmed issued a rule asking the government to explain why it should not be asked to form a high-powered committee to independently investigate into the series of attacks on Hindu minorities immediately after the verdicts passed by the International Crimes Tribunals against two leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami—Delwar Hossain Sayedee and Abdul Quader Mollah— for perpetrating crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
The HC also asked the government to explain why its inaction to protect the minority citizens should not be declared as failure to perform its constitutional responsibility.
After a preliminary hearing on the PIL writ petition, the HC came up with the interim order and rules.
The matter will come up on the cause list on April 30, said the court order.
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), two other social organisations and two individuals filed the PIL writ petition.
The Home Secretary and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) have been made respondents to the petition.
Dr Kamal Hossain appeared for the PIL petitioners while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam for the government. UNB

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