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Mentioning that the Delhi riot rook place as India deviated from secularism to communalism, Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said it will affect the regional peace, fraternity and cooperation, reports news agency UNB.

The BNP leader made the remarks while talking to newsmen after attending the funeral of Satyapriya Mohathero, one of the prominent Buddhist leaders and principal of Sima Bihar in Ramu, Cox’s Bazar.

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Satyapriya Mohathero passed away at a hospital in the capital on 4 October at the age of 89. He will be cremated on Saturday as per the religious rituals after his mortal remains were preserved for 148 days.

Fakhrul expressed the hope that the government of India will resolve the problem together with its people and political parties keeping motto of secularism intact.

He also hoped that India will address the issue of NRC considering the interests of its own nationals.

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The BNP leader also expressed his resentment at the rejection of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail petition.

A BNP delegation, led by Fakhrul, joined the funeral of Satyapriya on the second day.

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They paid their tributes to the principal of Sima Bihar by placing a wreath at the coffin.

Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s economic affairs adviser HT Imam spoke at a commemorative rally as the chief guest in the morning.