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B’desh: Indian envoy visits Ramakrishna Mission

India’s High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Ramkrishna Mission compound, four days after unidentified militants claiming to be followers of the Islamic State (ISIS) issued a death threat to its principal asking him to abstain from preaching his religion in “Islamic Bangladesh”.

“Being the close door neighbour, we just can offer our fullest support for whatever steps are taken here (in Bangladesh to combat militancy),” Shringla told reporters at the mission.

He expressed satisfaction over the stepped up security arrangements for the Hindu spiritual mission in Dhaka.

India had taken up with Bangladeshi authorities the death threat to the priest of the Ramakrishna Mission. A high commission official had also visited the mission last week after the threat was issued.

A militant on June 15 had sent a letter addressed to Ramakrishna Mission principal on an ISIS letterhead carrying a fake address in Gazipur on the outskirts of the capital and had identified himself only as A B Siddique.

“Bangladesh is an Islamic state. You can’t preach your religion here. If you continue preaching, you’ll be hacked to death with machetes between the 20th and 30th,” the letter was quoted as saying without mentioning a month. 

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