Have faith in India, Bangladesh to provide security: Ramakrishna Mission

Kolkata, June 17 (IANS) Even as it expressed concern over the death threat from suspected Islamic State militants to a priest at the Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka, the Swami Vivekananda-founded order on Friday expressed confidence over the Indian and Bangladeshi authorities taking adequate security measures.

“Both the Prime Minister and (West Bengal) Chief Minister have been in constant touch with us. The Ministry of External Affairs and the Bangladesh High Commission too have been constantly contacting us. All the authorities have assured necessary steps are being taken in this regard,” a senior monk of the RKM headquarters at Belur in West Bengal’s Howrah district told IANS.

“The threat issue is surely a matter of concern, but we have full faith in both Indian and Bangladeshi authorities,” he said.

Security was beefed up at the Dhaka Ramakrishna Mission premises after India raised the matter with Bangladesh.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said the Bangladesh government has assured “full support and protection”.

He said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka “had contacted both the Bangladesh police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.

This comes a day after a priest of the mission filed a complaint with police that he received a letter from the Islamic State Bangladesh chapter threatening his life.

Bangladesh has launched a nationwide crackdown on the militants after targeted killing of minority leaders continued unabated across the country.



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