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Agitations expose fault lines: Security agencies raise alarm over anti-France protests in Bangladesh

Bad blood between France and offended Muslims, who vented their anger over the cartoons of Muhammad, whom they call prophet, has a bearing on India which has never been a part of anything that can be considered as an attempt to defame any religion.

Instead, India has borne the brunt of Islamic aggression for centuries.

At the present geopolitical scenario, when anti-France protests are taking place in neighbouring Bangladesh and Pakistan which share large borders with India, and given the size and intensity of protests, security agencies are on their toes to pre-empt spill-over of anger in India in a large way.

Bangladesh is on the boil since Charile Hebdo published cartons of Muhammad whom Muslims across the world respect as the prophet and French President Emanuel Macron declared an offensive against radical Islam in the that country which saw four killings of its nationals by Islamists in a short span.

Media reports said tens of thousands of people have marched through the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, protesting against French satirical magazine’s portrayal of their prophet and alongside called for boycott of French goods amid a row over France’s tougher stance on radical Islam.

But the actual number of protesters could be at least 40,000 given the sheer size of the mass who took part in the processions, the type of protests has alerted the security establishments.

.Besides burning the effigy of president Emmanuel Macron, who has defended cartoons of Muhammad, the demonstrators also vowed to teach ‘enemies of Islam’ a lesson.

Police was forced to bock the marchers from reaching the French embassy.

“France is the enemy No. 1 of Muslims across the world. Those who support them are our enemies too,” said radical leader Nesar Uddin.

None of these Muslims organisations opposed the killings in the French Church but came out in solidarity with the murderer.

India, which is hit hard by Islamic terror and witnessed a spate of attacks by terrorists, has never seen any protests being carried out against terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar for perpetrating terror attacks in India by Muslims.

Even after major terror strike like 2019 Pulwama terror attack, the members of the community never protested.

In contrast, Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar, Muslim posters pasted the photograph of French president on the streets so that vehicles, people, and animals would pass through them.

In Bangladesh, over a dozen of radical outfits like  Hefazat-e-Islam, Jamat-e-Islami and several others working on the common goal of turning the country into a caliphate based on shariah principles are having a free run.

“The Hasina government has lost grip over these radicals. The situation has gone out of hand. I don’t know the government will tackle”, a security official said, indicating a grave scenario.

He urged the Bangladeshi government to expel France’s ambassador.

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