Keeping in view of the incidents of violence targetting minorities in Bangladesh, the 3-day film festival of the Bangladesh government in Agartala has been postponed.
The film festival was scheduled to commence on Thursday.
A media report quoted a senior official of the Bangladesh Assistant High Commission in Agartala as saying that the film festival was postponed “due to unavoidable circumstances”.
“In the proposed film festival, 34 films, mostly on ‘Mukti Yuddha’ (1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh), were planned to be screened from October 21 to 23 in the Rabindra Satabarshiki Auditorium,” the report quoted the official, who refused to be named, as saying.
Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday urged the Bangladesh government to protect the lives, properties and religious places of the minorities in the neighbouring country.
The recent attacks on people belonging to the Hindu community in Bangladesh have been condemned by many organisations, intellectuals, political parties and NGOs in Assam and Tripura.
Various organisations have staged protests against communal violence in the neighbouring country.
Representatives of various organisations have met the Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioners in Agartala and Guwahati and urged them to request their government to ensure action against those who attacked the minorities, vandalised Durga Puja pandals and properties belonging to non-Muslim families.
According to media reports, mob violence erupted in Comilla earlier last week, after unconfirmed posts went viral on social media about the alleged desecration of the Quran at a Durga Puja venue, following which Hindu temples were vandalised.
In an attack on the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh, a mob attacked the ISKCON temple in Noakhali area in which a devotee was killed
A large number of people have been detained in Chandpur, Chittagong and other places in connection with the cases filed over the attacks on Durga Puja pandals.
Incidents of violence were also reported from Hajiganj, Chandpur, Noakhali, Cox’s Bazaar, Chattogram, Chapainawabganj, Pabna, Moulvibazara, Kurigram and several other places.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has promised strong action against those involved in provoking communal disturbances by spreading fake photos of the Quran being placed at the feet of a Durga idol at a Comilla temple during Durga Puja.