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Death threat on Hindu priest: Delhi in touch with Dhaka
Observer Online Desk
Published :Friday, 17 June, 2016,  Time : 9:42 PM  View Count : 5
India is in close touch with Bangladesh after  a staff member at the Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka received a death  threat from suspected militants prompting Bangladesh government to  beef up security.

Indian High Commission in Dhaka has ‘contacted’ both police and  Foreign Affairs Ministry after the threat and they have been assured
of full support and protection.

“We’re also in a direct contact with the Ramakrishna Mission in  Dhaka,” Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup
was quoted by The Times of India as saying in a statement.

Quoting Swarup, the report also said Bangladesh government has  strengthened police presence around the office of the Indian spirituality movement.

Mridul Maharaj, a priest of Ramakrishna Mission, lodged a general diary in this connection with Wari Police Station on Wednesday night.

The letter reads, “Bangladesh is an Islamic State. No one will be allowed to preach Hindu religion. You just go to India, otherwise, you’ll be killed”.

The letter was posted from Gazipur in the name of Islamic State Bangladesh mentioning the sender’s name as AB Siddique on top of the
letter, according to Zihadul Islam, officer-in-charge of Wari Police Station.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the Ramakrishna Mission following the death threat.

Earlier an Indian diplomat said Bangladesh government, especially  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will be able to 'bring back stability' in the country curbing such covert killings with an iron hand.

The Indian diplomat, while speaking at an opinion-exchange meeting  with the Hindu community in Galachipa upazila of Patuakhali district,  said the panic that exists among minorities will soon be removed.


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