Raozan Upazila in Chattorgam, has long had a reputation for communal harmony. But BNP took to the party’s verified Facebook page to unleash a scare campaign, suggesting Buddhist citizens have been attacked in the area.
Netizens, especially local community leaders, promptly protested the fake news.
The Raozan Upazilla Buddist Oikko Parishad in a statement also protested the facebook post. They termed it as “fake and baseless”.
With the biggest festival in Bangladesh for Hindus — Durga Puja— scheduled two-week time, this sort of fake news is seen as a ploy by the party to instigate “fresh spell of attacks”.
Rumours on social media have long been abused by radicals as a key tool to instigate attacks on minorities. Last year rumours over a Hindu devotee placing a copy of holy Quran on the lap of a Hindu goddess through social media led to a series of attacks on temples across the country on an unprecedented scale.
Later it was learnt that a Muslim youth put the holy book on the lap and circulated the pictures to create mayhem.
The BNP Jamaat alliance has long been known for orchestrating attacks on minorities as part of a state sponsored policy, back in 2001 and 2006.
From raping Hindu girls to land grabbing and burning Hindus alive were some signature tactics employed by BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.