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Bangladesh now has 31 Islamic militant groups: rights group:
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[India News]: Kolkata, Jan 20 : A Bangladeshi human rights group today claimed that 31 Islamic militant outfits were operating in the country now, targetting non-Muslims and seeking to establish a “greater Islamic nation” including parts of some adjacent Indian states.
“As per our findings, 31 Islamic militant groups are now operating in Bangladesh . They are mainly targetting non-Muslim people. They also want to set up a greater Islamic nation with parts of some adjacent states of India ,” Rosalyn Costa, who heads the rights group ‘Hotline Bangladesh ‘, said here.
Costa was speaking at a press conference to announce a two-day international conference on ‘Civil Society, Human Rights and Minorities in Bangladesh’ being organised Campaign Against Atrocities on Minorities in Bangladesh (CAAMB) and the Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC) from January 22.
The conference is to be addressed, among others, by controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.
Describing Bangladesh as a ‘cocoon of terrorism and violence,’ she said that over the past three years, a large number of ammunition, including grenades, had been smuggled into the country and ‘freely’ used against minorities.
“A section of Islamic seminaries known as qaumi madrasas have become the breeding ground of Islamic terrorism. They are intolerant of democratic and progressive views,” Costa said, adding that the murder of liberal Bangladeshi litterateur Humayun Azad and the attack on writer-film maker Shahriyar Kabir were cases to be noted. PTI