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Clash leaves seven families homeless

Update : 22 Oct 2013, 07:29 AM

Members of seven families have been living under open sky for the last three days as their homesteads were torched during a clash at Bajemajurai village under Lalmonirhat sadar upazila on Saturday afternoon.

The people have become helpless as all of their belongings, including furniture and cash, were burnt to ashes in the fire.

Police and local public representatives visited the spot on Monday afternoon but could not assure the victims of rebuilding their dwellings immediately.

A case was lodged accusing nine people, including Nasir Uddin, who is a teacher at a local madrasa, in this connection.

Quoting union parishad chairman, police said a clash had ensued between madrahsa teacher Nasir Uddin and day labourer Mahir Ali over the ownership of a piece of land.

During the clash, Nasir along with his supporters set fire to the house of Mahir Ali and his brothers.

Mahir Ali, 46, said he and his three brothers had been living on 10 decimal land for long but the madrasa teacher suddenly claimed ownership.

“Taking help of local goons Mahir tried several times to evict us from our homesteads in the last six months, but we foiled his illegal attempt,” Nasir said.

Al last on Saturday he along with some musclemen set fire to our house in order to evict us, he said.

“Now I along with my family members have taken shelter on the khas land adjacent to our houses,” said another victim Abdul Quddus, adding that if the district administration does not help they could not be able to rebuild their houses.

Valuables worth about Tk1.2m to 1.5m have been gutted in the fire, he added.

Moyzun Bewa said they had been passing their days almost without food.

Bizli Akhter, a student of class X, said she and 10 other children cannot go to school as their educational accessories, including books and uniforms were burnt in fire.

Neighbouring people said they had been providing foods and clothes to the victims.

But Nasir Uddin could not be reached by phone despite several attempts.

Sub-Inspector of sadar police station Ruhul Amin said they were sincerely trying to arrest the people involved in the incident.

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