Ansar Ahmed Ullah :Secular Bangladesh Movement UK (SBMUK) called an urgent Press Conference on Friday 27th September at London Bangla Press Club office in Princelet Street, Banglatown, East London to highlight the recent vandalising of statues made for upcoming Durga Pujas and to protest fixing college exam dates during Puja.The conference was presided by SBMUK’s President Pushpita Gupta and conducted by SBMUK’s Secretary Pastor Kajol Sarkar.
Others present from SBMUK were its Asst Secretary Atish Saha, Christian Solidarity Worldiwde’s Marisa, Advisor Nooruddin Ahmed and members Milton Costa & Leonard Rosario.In a written statement presented to press SBMUK stated that Bangladesh was a unique example of communal harmony.
It added our beloved homeland Bangladesh was established as a non-communal state. We made great sacrifices in achieving secular Bangladesh, which was led by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. At the same time, we remember the sacrificial death of 3 million people of all faith & ethnicity.But sadly, there are still some sectarian people who are trying to hurt secular consciousness.
The appropriate state measures to prevent these abuses are not visible. The notable examples of which are holding exams during Puja, incidents of increased vandalism of the Durga idols significantly in different parts of the country, plans to grab land of Hindu community is also noticeable. In most of these cases, the fundamentalist Jamaat-Shibir were active.
SBMUK protested and demanded that such communal activities be stopped immediately and that the government provide security by taking strict measures against the religious fanatics.