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Hefazat-e-Islam followers attack Hindu houses in Sunamganj

According to the police, 70-80 houses were vandalized in the incident

Update : 17 Mar 2021, 05:30 PM

Thousands of Hefazat-e-Islam supporters attacked a Hindu village in Shalla upazila of Sunamganj on Wednesday morning.

The indecent happened after Hefazat-e-Islam's Amir Allama Junaid Babunagari, Joint-Secretary General Mawlana Mufti Mamunul Haque and several other central leaders attended a conference at Derai upazila on Monday.

Enraged by Mawlana Mamunul Haque's speech at the conference, a young Hindu man from Noagaon, Shalla upazila allegedly made a Facebook post criticizing Mamunul, who opposed the sculpture of Bangabandhu on Tuesday. Hearing of this, the mob with makeshift weapons attacked the village on Wednesday.

Hefazat leaders in the area had already staged a protest on Tuesday night, accusing the incident of inciting religious violence. 

To bring the situation under control, the police arrested the youth the same night.

However, several thousand followers of Hefazat leader Mamunul Haque from Kashipur, Nachni, Chandipur and some other Muslim-populated villages gathered in Noagaon village at around 9am on Wednesday and attacked the homes of local Hindus.

Houses of Hindus vandalized by Hefazat-e-Islam followers on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Dhaka TribuneHabibpur union Chairman Vivekananda Majumder Bakul said several houses in the village had been attacked.

Many local Hindus fled their homes to save themselves. Grabbing this opportunity, the followers of Hefazat-e-Islam entered the village, ransacked and looted many houses.

According to the police, 70-80 houses were vandalized in the incident.

Upon receiving the news, a large number of police from Shalla police station as well as Derai upazila rushed to the spot.

Also read: Hindu temple vandalized in Kurigram

Shalla police station OC Nazmul Haque said police as well as RAB members were deployed to the spot.

He added that the situation is calm now with the mediation of the people's representatives including the upazila Chairman Al Amin. Sunamganj Deputy Commissioner Jahangir Hossain and Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman visited the spot and pacified the villagers. 

OC Nazmul also said most of the people who fled the area have also returned home.

Shalla Upazila Nirbahi Officer Al Muktadir Hossain said in a public statement that the accused youth has been arrested and handed over to the law enforcement for insulting Mawlana Mamunul Haque on Facebook.

Legal action is being taken against him. The UNO requested the people of Shalla to be patient and refrain from any kind of animosity, revenge and provocative activities.



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