Police stop Hindu marchStaff Correspondent
The police on Thursday stopped a march of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council towards parliament.
The Unity Council and Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad jointly organised the march to hand over a memorandum to the
prime minister and the speaker of parliament pressing for dropping of Schedule B of the Bangladesh Vested Property Return Act and for scrapping the proposed Endowment (Debottar) Property Management Act.
The police stopped the marchers in front of the Fine Arts Faculty of the Dhaka University and a four-member delegation went to parliament and handed over the memorandum to the speaker.
The memorandum alleged that the many Hindu minorities would be deprived of their right to get back their property enlisted as vested property if the Schedule $ of the act was not repealed.
Prior to the march, the Hindu minority leaders at a rally at Central Shaheed Minar said that the affected Hindus were not benefited by the vested property law for its complexity
and they would lose the endowment (debottar) properties if the proposed law was enacted.
They said that they would hold daylong hunger strike at the Central Shahed Minar on September
28,if the demands were not met.
Chaired by Manindra Kumar Nath, the rally was addressed, among others, by politicians Ajoy Roy, Bimal Bishwas, Subrata Chowdhury, minority leaders Rana Dasgupta, Nim Chandra Bhowmik and Jayanta Kumar Dev.
New Age correspondent in Barisal added that members of the Hindu community brought out a procession in the city and formed a human chain in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall protesting against the proposed law and demanding cancellation of Schedule B of the vested property act.
The programme was jointly organised by Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad.
Dipak Lal Datta presided over the programme, which was addressed, among others, by Manabendra Batobayal, Tapan Chakraborty, Mrinal Kanti Saha, Swapan Datta, Pabitra Kumar Das, and Litu Datta, Sujoy Sen, Suranjit Datta Litu and Shekhar Das Kuti.
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