Bangladesh diplomat’s convoy attacked, Indian HC summoned

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 23:53, Dec 12,2019 | Updated: 22:49, Dec 13,2019


A file photo of Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das

Bangladesh government summoned Indian high commissioner Riva Ganguly Das on Thursday evening and protested at the attack on the convoy of Bangladesh assistant high commissioner and vandalism of the signposts of Bangladesh mission in Guwahati.
Acting foreign secretary Kamrul Ahsan made a diplomatic protest as Riva Ganguly called on Ahsan at the foreign ministry in Dhaka.
Ahsan also told the Indian diplomat to ensure protection of people and property of the Bangladesh missions in India, according a press release issued by Bangladesh foreign ministry.
A group of violent people who took to the streets in Guwahati in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 damaged two signposts of Bangladesh mission approximately 30 yards away from the chancery premise in Guwahati on Thursday.
A day earlier, the security vehicle escorting assistant high commissioner of Bangladesh Shah Mohammad Tanvir Mansur from the airport to the city was also attacked by mobs protesting at the citizenship law. The assistant high commissioner was in his car during the attack on Wednesday.
Indian top diplomat in Dhaka assured that her government were immediately alerted and enhanced security of the Bangladesh chancery and the assistant high commissioner's residence in Guwahati.
The statement, however, said that Bangladesh government believed that the attack on the convoy of the assistant high commissioner and vandalism of the signs was a one-off incident and it would not affect the excellent bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries.

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