Around 800 workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the main opposition in the Indian parliament, were stopped Monday from breaching the border at Akhaura and entering Bangladesh in a bid to “march to Dhaka” protesting what they call “unending atrocities” against the Hindu community of Bangladesh.
Police officials in the neighbouring Indian state of Tripura told IANS the BJP cadres were led by state party president Sudhindra Dasgupta.
“A huge contingent of police led by senior officials stopped the march 500 metres from the Akhaurah checkpost. There was no major trouble,” a police official told IANS.
Indian media reported additional troopers of the Border Security Force (BSF) had been deployed at the Akhaurah border to foil further attempts by BJP cadres to enter Bangladesh.
The march to Dhaka was in support of a five-point charter of demands placed before the Bangladesh government by the hardline Hindu nationalist party, an unusual move for an opposition party.
BJP leaders submitted a letter at the Bangladesh diplomatic mission in Agartala addressed to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requesting her to take steps to stop attacks on people belonging to religious minorities.
Earlier on March 10, Tripurainfo reported the BJP’s Tripura Pradesh Committee in a press communique voiced its concern at the “assault on Hindu families in Bangladesh” and announced their intention to “march to Dhaka” in protest for the first time.