Ram Krishna Mission in Bangladesh seeks cover from terror threat

Ram Krishna Mission in Bangladesh seeks cover from Islamic threat pardesi news 1466407978

India swings into action after the Ramakrishna Mission priest in Dhaka gets death threat.

The Ram Krishna (RK) Mission, which aims to preach potential divinity of every being, harmony of religions and develop harmonious personalities has also set its ashrams in Bangladesh. Its main center in Bangladesh, the Ramakrishna Sevashrama lies at Chittagong. In wake of recent attacks on the Hindu Minorities, its preachers are seeking security cover in the capital of Dhaka.  The mission preachers in Bangladesh are also receiving constant threats from suspected militants and Islamic extremists. Recently, the main priest at the RK mission center has also received the the death threat.  They have also lodged formal complaints and have asked for security from Dhaka police and government.

India has showed its support by taking the matter with Bangladesh government for security and protection. India had also discussed with the Bangladeshi authorities the death threat to the priest of the Ramakrishna Mission. Recently, the Indian envoy in Bangladesh, led by the India’s High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited the Ramakrishna Mission, days after suspected Islamist's claiming to be ISIS followers threatened to kill the spiritual mission’s principal.  “Being the close door neighbour, we just can offer our fullest support for whatever steps are taken here [in Bangladesh to combat militancy],” Mr. said Mr. Shringla.

Indian diplomats also recently visited the spot in Pabna, where a Hindu monastery worker was murdered, and Jhenidah, where a Hindu priest was killed. The Bangladesh government has also detained approximately 12,000 people in a crackdown, said some attacks were linked to the Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh. However, the Bangladesh government has categorically dismissed the presence of ISIS in the country.  Bangladesh in recent months had witnessed a series of deadly clandestine attacks on religious minorities and secular and liberal activists and this threat to the noble mission is an extension to the looming terror threat in the country. 

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