Wed, Mar 29, 2017 | updated 05:02 AM IST

Bangladesh Eid blast: Congress asks nation to stand united against terrorism

Updated: Jul 07, 2016 12:29 IST

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Strongly condemning the bomb explosion that took place during an Eid prayer congregation in Bangladesh's Kishoreganj town, the Congress on Thursday asked the nation to stand united against terrorism.

"It is very unfortunate. Nearly, 20 people were killed by the terrorists in Bangladesh earlier during Ramzan. It is very unfortunate that the terrorists indulge in these kinds of activities in the month of Ramzan, when people pray and think of God. It is a very shameful thing and also a matter of concern," Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told ANI.

"We strongly condemn this. The whole nation should stand united against terrorism," he added.

The incident took place around 9:45 a.m. local time in the Sholakia field of Kishoreganj, where people gather each year for Eid congregation. It is said to be the country's largest Eid congregation.

Superintendent of Police Mohmmad Anwar Hossain Khan confirmed that one person had been killed. However, reports suggest that another person has also been killed.

Miscreants of unknown origin had taken shelter at a nearby Azimuddin School and the police have launched a counter-offensive to nab them, reports the Daily Star.

According to reports, the witnesses said about 300,000 to 400,000 Muslims, who had gathered at Sholakia to offer Eid prayers and were trapped because of the ongoing gun battle between the cops and the miscreants.

It is said that a group of six to seven people had led the attack on the policemen when a frisking operation at the Eidgah ground was on.

Policemen were also attacked with sharp weapons and bombs.

Kishoreganj Sadar Police Station Officer-in-Charge Mizanul Haque confirmed that police constable Jahirul was killed in the attack.

The explosion comes days after a terror attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's upscale Gulshan area, claimed 22 lives, including some foreigners. The attack drew worldwide condemnation.

The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the incident and even warned of more attacks in Bangladesh. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The government has listed the Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST) Bills in its agenda in the Lok Sabha for discussion and passage on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): While Moradabad's non-vegetarian biryani is making itself famous abroad, its taste seems to be deteriorating in Uttar Pradesh.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): A 21-year-old-woman and her friend were harassed by two police personnel today near Surajkund at Faridabad.

Full Story >>

Srinagar [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): In view of the volatile law and order situation in the Valley post the Budgam encounter, where stone pelting was also witnessed resulting in the death of three locals, Railway services will remain suspended throughout Kashmir tomorrow.

Full Story >>

Leh (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The Leh Forest department on Tuesday carried out a mass plantation drive at Council Secretariat Leh, celebrating Forest Day to spread awareness among public for safeguarding the environment.

Full Story >>

Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) [India] Mar. 28 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an Office Superintendent working in the office of AEN, East Coast Railways in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 20,000 from the complainant.

Full Story >>

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Mar.28 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has secured its highest conviction order under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a drug case from a special CBI court, which convicted Allauddin Sk. for the offence of money laundering under Section 4 of PMLA.

Full Story >>

Tripura: 17-year-old girl raped, murdered

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 22:22 IST

Dharmanagar (Tripura) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): In yet another incident of crime against women in the country, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered at Madhubari in Dharmanagar town of North Tripura district.

Full Story >>

Vishakapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): An eight-member gang was arrested on Tuesday in Vishakapatnam in connection with smuggling marijuana.

Full Story >>

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India] Mar. 28 (ANI): A delegation of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Embassy in Delhi visited Shimla on Tuesday after the students from Afghanistan were attacked in the city by local tourist guides.

Full Story >>

Surat (Gujarat) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): Two people were arrested in Surat in connection with the seizure of Rs 42 lakhs in demonetized notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): In the wake of the civilian casualties and injuries during the stone pelting that occurred on the sidelines of the Budgam encounter in Jammu and Kashmir today, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has made a fervent appeal to the locals of the Valley to not pose as an obstruction in the path of security forces while they are combating terrorists.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 28 (ANI): Following the strike called by the meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh, the slaughter house association on Tuesday said that they do not want to make it difficult for the people and called on the state government to think about the livelihood of the shop owners.

Full Story >>

Ahmedabad (Gujarat)[India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The Meteorology Department of Gujarat on Tuesday issued a yellow warning due to rise in temperature in the state for the next 48 hours.

Full Story >>

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir.) [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): Pakistan was responsible for the violence in Budgam today, which witnessed an encounter as well as a major incident of stone-pelting in which three civilians were killed and 60 security personnel sustained injuries.

Full Story >>

Srinagar [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has stated that today's encounter with militants in Budgam was a particularly different one, as they had to fight it on two different levels- against militants and the stone pelting locals as well- informing that 40 CRPF and 20 Police personnel suffered injuries in the stone pelting.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI) A Delhi court on Tuesday reserved its order for April 12th in a fake passport case, allegedly involving noted gangster Chhota Rajan and three others.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The Congress on Tuesday termed party leader M.M. Hassan's remark on women as a personal view, making it clear that the party believes in equality.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a petition asking the CBI court to cancel YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy's bail in a Disproportionate Assets (DA) case, claiming that Jagan has violated the bail clause.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): Slamming the Opposition over the delaying in filling up vacancies in the statutory commissions for minorities, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu asserted that the Congress still cannot accept their defeat in the recent Assembly Elections and was coming up with 'lame reasons' to create an uproar in the House and delay the proceedings.

Full Story >>