The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its serious concern over the outbreak of communal violence and clashes during the Durga Puja period in Bangladesh. 

The Bangladesh government has deployed forces to quell the violence and assured that justice will be delivered punishing those responsible for triggering this communal violence. At least four people have reportedly lost their lives in police firing and several arrested in a countrywide crackdown. 

Bengalis, for centuries, have observed the Puja festivities in a harmonious manner irrespective of people‚Äôs religious beliefs.  Bangladesh observed this tradition all along.  The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) hopes  that this tradition will be maintained and strengthened.

The rise in the activities of the religious fundamentalism is of common concern to many countries in our region.  Government of Bangladesh must make all efforts to restore peace, normalcy and tranquility.