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‘Attacked Hindu communities in Lalmonirhat left unsecured’

Update : 22 Nov 2013, 06:46 PM

A five-member team from the Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights body, have visited and conducted inquiry at two Hindu-populated villages in Lalmonirhat that were recently attacked allegedly by organised gangs.

Over the past two days, the team spoke to the victims of the attacks at Satpatki Majhipara and Shafinagar villages in Lalmonirhat sadar and Patgram upazilas respectively.

Abu Ahmed Fajlul Kabir, the ASK team leader and in-charge of the ASK investigation unit, said the Hindu communities of the two villages were still left unsecured and might face further attacks by organised gangs.

“I have talked to the Lalmonirhat Deputy Commissioner Habibur Rahman and Superintendent of Police Habibur Rahman about the attacks on the minority Hindu people. They confirmed providing all legal support to the Hindu people at these two villages,” he said.

The police said Jamaat-Shibir and BNP activists attacked the Hindu residents of Shafinagar village on October 27, during an ongoing nationwide 60-hour hartal.

Sixteen shops belonging to Hindu owners were looted and vandalised, while some of the stores were also torched, resulting in damages worth Tk3m.

Police sources also said a gang of miscreants, consisting of men who had been expelled from the BNP, vandalised and looted four houses belonging to Hindu families at Satpatki Majhipara village on November 4, during another spell of 60-hour hartal by the opposition alliance. The gang also searched through 40 more houses of Hindu families in the area and assaulted 15 people, including six women.

Two separate cases had been lodged with Patgram and Lalmonirhat sadar police stations on October 29 and November 4.

Only three of the 111 accused on the Patgram case have been held so far, while none of the six identified accused in the Lalmonirhat sadar case was yet to be arrested, members of the local Hindu community said.  

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