Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said no other party but Awami League stood by the Hindu community after the Cumilla incident.
"Awami League leaders and activists stood by the Hindu community after the incident of Cumilla. But there was no other party that stood by them. The social media could not avoid the liability for the situation as the incident spread through the social media," he told newsmen at his Secretariat office in the capital.
Earlier, the minister exchanged views with the leaders of Editors' Forum, reports BSS.
Information and Broadcasting Secretary Md Mokbul Hossain was present at the meeting.
Editors' Forum convenor Rafiqul Islam Ratan, secretary-general Faruque Ahmed Talukder, members Dulal Ahmed Chowdhury, Belayet Hossain, Sharif Sahabuddin and Mafizur Rahman and advisor Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, among others, were present.
Hasan said all leaders and activists at upazila and union levels have been asked to stay at puja mandaps during the Durga Puja as no one can create unstable situations and they were there. "The vested quarter which carried out the incident had a big plan. But they couldn't do that as our leaders and activists stood beside the Hindu community. Even, the AL leaders and activists brought out peace processions and rallies across the country within a few hours. We remain alert till now," he added.
The minister said Awami League stands by the Hindu community. But, BNP and its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and even Gayeshwar Chandra Roy only appeared on television channels instead of standing by the people, he added.
He said they instigated the incident and the plan was made from the other side of the sea. "The government has taken speedy steps. One hundred and two cases were lodged and over 600 people were arrested," said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
He said the government has also constructed new houses for victims of Pirganj within a few days and every victim's family got over Taka 0.2 million as assistance. The government has also taken steps to repair the temples which were attacked by the miscreants, he added.
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