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Arif Khan attacked in London

Bangladesh’s state minister for youth and sports Arif Khan Joy came under attack allegedly by some BNP supporters in Westminster area of London on Wednesday afternoon.

Police also arrested two people from the spot following the incident.

Witnesses said Joy came under attack by a group of men when he tried to enter Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre-2 while walking past a protest rally of UK BNP.

Joy, however, was rescued by some other BNP men after he had rushed to the nearby Barclays Bank to take shelter.

The deputy minister, also a former captain of the national football team, is currently accompanying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who is in the UK to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

However, the Vice-president of UK Sechchashebok Dal, Ataur Rahman Mifta, said that supporters and activists of UK BNP was holding a peaceful demonstration in front of the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre.  Arif Khan Joy on purpose came in front of the peaceful demonstration and asked them not to take such actions which can damage the reputation of the country. The BNP supporter activists became angry upon hearing ill-worded comments form Arif Khan Joy. The leaders of the UK BNP then rescued and protected him from the angry mob and took him to safer place as BNP does not believe in the politics of violence. They also said it is literarily impossible to attack someone after crossing hi-security safety measures of the commonwealth meeting.

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