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Guv concern over Bangla killings

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 2 - Governor PB Acharya has expressed concern over the recent increase in atrocities on religious minorities in Bangladesh, as reported in the media.

In an official statement, the Governor said that the killing of minorities in Bangladesh, especially those of Hindu origin, should be stopped.

The Governor stressed that the friendly relationship between the two neighbouring nations should be strengthened and that no untoward incident should be allowed to take place to hinder the relationship.

The Governor also sought that strong action, as per law, should be taken against the perpetrators of violence and crime on minority religious people.

A Hindu tailor, Nikhil Joarder, was hacked to death in a district of central Bangladesh on Saturday -- the latest of a number of Islamist killings in the country. Bangladesh has in recent times seen a spate of attacks - in addition to those on minorities -- on secular and liberal thought.

The killing of the tailor follows several others in Bangladesh since 2013, including the hacking to death of a professor at a bus stop on April 23 and the killings of several bloggers -- six in the past 12 months.

The Bangladesh Government has accused the country's two main Opposition parties, the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, of being behind the assassinations, something rejected by the parties, which have instead charged the Government with failing to control the situation and blaming them falsely.

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