Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader refuses aid to poor Hindus

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is one of the two largest political parties in Bangladesh. It is currently in Opposition. A BNP leader, Kamrul Islam, was found discriminating against Hindus while distributing aid in Sylhet district of north-eastern Bangladesh amid Covid-19 crisis.

Kamrul Islam is also Director of a local power distribution organization. The relief distribution was being broadcast via live streaming on Facebook when Islam said, “Hindus do not come, your names are not on the list”.

The video then went viral and drew huge criticism from netizens. The accused has apologised over the issue, as per a Hindustan Times report on its Bangla-language website. However, communal discrimination during relief aid distribution is not new in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi Hindus were also deprived from getting relief aid during the flash flood of 2017.

On the other hand, Hindu devotees of Netrokona district in northern Bangladesh distributed relief food from their worship fund to all needy people irrespective of religious identity, and they also decided not to celebrate Basanti Puja (worship) this year due to coronavirus pandemic, Assam-based trilingual news-portal Northeast Now has reported.


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