Khaleda on way to Ramu

Dhaka, Nov 9 (—BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia left for Cox’s Bazaar on Friday afternoon to visit Ramu Upazila where Buddhist monasteries and houses were damaged in the Sep 29 communal attacks.

The leader of the Opposition in Parliament started her journey from her Gulshan office by road around 4pm, her Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan told

On her way to Ramu, she will stay overnight at Chittagong Circuit House and start for Ramu next morning.

The BNP chief is scheduled to address a party rally at Chakari upazila headquarters.

Reaching Ramu at noon, the former Prime Minister will visit the damaged Buddhist monasteries and houses, and address a rally there.

She will return to Cox’s Bazaar district headquarters for an overnight stay.

On Sunday morning, she will go to Ukhia, another violence hit-area, and visit the damaged Buddhist temples and settlements.

She is scheduled to return to Dhaka by Saturday night.

During the visit, the BNP chief will be accompanied by the party’s Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed and other senior leaders.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Ramu last month following the communal attacks by religious bigots.

The zealots attacked Ramu’s Buddhist community on Sept 29 and burned to ashes many of their monasteries and houses. The violence spread to Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazaar and Patia of Chittagong the next day.

The arson attacks were triggered after rumours had it that a Buddhist youth of Ramu posted a photograph of burned Quran on his Facebook profile.

The BNP formed an eight-strong high-profile inquiry team, headed by Moudud Ahmed, to conduct on-the-ground investigations into the violence.

The panel found the government’s indirect instigation in the mayhem—an allegation the government refuted.

Source: Bd News24


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