DHAKA, Jan 9 � In the wake of widespread attacks on Hindus in the country, Bangladesh today decided to set up special tribunals under an anti-terror law to punish the perpetrators of violence aimed at the minority community, reports PTI.
�A process has been initiated to constitute tribunals to try them (culprits) under the Terrorism Prevention Act,� Shafique Ahmed, the Prime Minister�s law affairs adviser, told PTI.
The Law Ministry took the initiative to constitute the tribunals in consultation with the Supreme Court.
Talking to PTI, Home Secretary C Q Moshtaque said several dozens of suspects behind the attacks carried out since the January 5 polls had been detained.
Paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh troops were kept in place despite the end of their poll duties to prevent fresh attacks, he said.
�You have seen, we have withdrawn several deputy commissioners (district administrative heads) and police superintendents for their failure to tackle attackers,� Moshtaque said.
Government-sponsored social committees were revived to protect religious minorities and district administrations were asked to reach out to the Hindus to give them moral support even in places where no violence was reported, he said.
Suspected opposition activists attacked Hindus at several places during and after the polls, accusing the minority community of backing the Awami League, which swept the election following a boycott by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
The Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council reported that government actions and social protection initiatives worked well in the most troubled western Jessore district and several north-western districts like Dinajpur. But it said it had received reports of fresh attacks from Chittagong and Nagerhat.