On Wednesday, around 10-12 people in plainclothes vandalized the home of a businessman named Iqbal Hossain in Jashore City.
Iqbal Hossain is the father of Shakil Hossain and Sabbir Hossain. Shakil Hossain claimed the vandalism was carried out by the police. However, Jashore police officials said they know nothing about the incident.
Shakil’s mother Josna Begum told the press on Thursday that on Wednesday, around 1am at night, some 10-12 people came by a microbus and taxi, and knocked on their door.
As soon as she opened the door, the miscreants locked the members of the family in several rooms of the house and proceeded to break the furniture and electronics. They had hockey sticks, wooden sticks, and metal rods with them. They left after damaging property worth up to Tk8 lakh.
Among other things they broke the fridge, television, bicycles, closets, etc.
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Iqbal Hossain's home was vandalized by 10-12 miscreants around 1am on Wednesday Dhaka Tribune
Shakil’s uncles live close by. His uncle Golam Hossain, aunties Jarina Begum and Jahanara Begum, said they heard the loud noises of vandalism late at night. But they were too terrified to leave their house.
Ariful Haque Apu, a local, said: “This area has always been peaceful. But people have been living in fear since the attack on Iqbal Hossain’s home.”
Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge, Azmal Huda, said he did not know of any such incident. He said no one informed him about it.
Additional Police Super, Shalauddin Sikdar, also claimed not to know about the incident at all. When asked if the police were involved with the incident he said: “Are they talking about the Kotwali police or the Detective Branch (DB) police?”
He said he will look into the matter but later did not receive any phone calls from this reporter.
On Wednesday, the police were accused of trying to frame a businessman named Sabbir Hossain (32) on charges related to the drug yaba. However, locals gathered and freed Sabbir. This incident occurred at the city’s Batterypotty area.
The police claimed that Sabbir is a marked drug dealer. Several people led by a labour leader clashed with the police and forcefully took him away when the police wanted to detain him.
Sabbir’s older brother Shakil said the police were trying to detain his brother for political reasons that are wholly unrelated to drugs.