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'Process underway to file sedition case against Priya Saha'

Foreign ministry calls Priya Saha’s allegations ‘blatant lies’


Published: July 20, 2019 17:15:11 | Updated: July 21, 2019 09:50:07


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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said Bangladeshi citizen Priya Saha, who made 'absolutely false' allegations about Bangladesh during a meeting with US President Donald Trump, will be sued on sedition charges.

"Priya Saha's allegation was absolutely false. No one will agree with her. A sedition case will be filed against her. The process is underway," he said.

The road transport and bridges minister came up with the statement while talking to reporters at AL president's Dhanmondi political office on Saturday, report UNB and bdnews24.com.

Priya Saha participated in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC on July 16-18. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen also attended the meeting.

Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 Foreign Ministers, took part in the meeting at the invitation of Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State.

Priya Saha, one of the organising secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, was seen telling US President Donald Trump, among other things, that 37 million Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people have been disappeared from Bangladesh.

She also told President Trump that her land has been grabbed by Muslim fundamentalists and sought his help so that Hindu, Buddhist and Christian people can live in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said Priya Saha will be called to account for her controversial remarks.

Speaking to the media at his residence, Khan said there is a reason and motive behind her allegations which need to be properly scrutinised.

"We will certainly ask her (about the remarks) when she returns," said the minister.

"We will definitely look into the allegations to see where these incidents occurred, whose houses were burnt down and whether we've properly investigated the matters," he said.

"I believe that she (Priya Saha) may have a reason for making such allegations. She may have a motive for it. It now falls on us to see what the motive is," the minister added.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also described Priya Saha's allegations as blatant lies and condemned her remarks in the 'strongest possible terms'.

The foreign ministry statement said it appears that there was an ulterior motive behind Priya Saha's absolutely false and concocted stories that were targeted to malign Bangladesh.

"Bangladesh is a beacon of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages," said the statement.

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