Violence linked to PM Modi's visit to Bangladesh bid to embarrass Sheikh Hasina govt: Sources

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The violence that erupted over PM Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh was orchestrated to embarrass the Sheikh Hasina government, sources told India Today.

Activists of Bangladesh Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam enforcing a daylong general strike in Narayanganj on Sunday to denounce the deaths of four people in clashes with police following demonstrations over PM Modi's visit

Activists of Bangladesh Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam enforcing a daylong general strike in Narayanganj on Sunday to denounce the deaths of four people in clashes with police following demonstrations over PM Modi's visit (Photo Credits: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Violence erupted in Bangladesh over PM Narendra Modi's two-day visit
  • At least 10 people have been killed in clashes between demonstrators and police
  • Sources told India Today that the ground situation is now under control

Violence was perpetrated during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh. This was done to embarrass the government of PM Sheikh Hasina who has taken a stern stand against radicalisation, highly-placed sources in Bangladesh told India Today.

Both India and Bangladesh have hailed PM Modi's two-day visit to Dhaka as a boost for bilateral ties. The Prime Minister also handed over a million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to his Bangladeshi counterpart.

At least a dozen people suffered injuries during clashes between police and demonstrators in Bangladesh following PM Narendra Modi's visit. Reports indicate that 10 protesters were killed in the demonstrations organised by Islamist groups.

Terming the violence as an "internal matter" of Bangladesh, highly-placed sources told India Today, "We understand that the situation has been brought under control and the government is dealing with this situation as per the law of the land."

Demonstrations in Bangladesh over PM Narendra Modi's two-day visit to mark the country's 50 years of independence (Photo Credits: AFP)

The reaction comes amidst several reports attributing the violence to PM Modi's recent visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the only foreign leader invited to attend the celebration marking 50 years of Bangladesh's independence.

Even earlier, the government of Bangladesh had taken a strong stand against communal violence in Sunamganj. Bangladesh has stated that it remains committed to protecting the rights of minorities.

"This issue is a sole matter of the Government of Bangladesh. We believe such fringe elements with vested interests do not represent Bangladesh or its society and synergetic culture," a source in the Bangladesh government told India Today.

India and Bangladesh signed MoUs in key sectors such as disaster management, sports and youth affairs, trade, technology and more. These will add strength to our development partnership and benefit the people of our nations, especially the youth.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2021

The source, upon the condition of anonymity, added, "There have been some reports of violence and destruction and attack on places of religious importance and cultural importance in Bangladesh."

Islamist groups suspected of organising the protests in Bangladesh accuse the Indian government of discriminating against Muslims in India. Incidentally, PM Modi had lauded the existing religious harmony in Bangladesh during his address in Dhaka.