In a spree of countrywide communal violence, the Hindus of Narail, the district famous for one of the greatest painters in the sub-continent SM Sultan, have faced such attacks three times since May.
Around 200 Hindu families of Palpara at Kundashi village in Lohagora upazila of the district had already been passing their days with fear and anxiety, as miscreants set fire to some of their houses on May 23 and then on November 3.
After the latest attack on early Wednesday, while miscreants torched the cattle shed, haystack and a warehouse of Nirod Paul and the haystacks of Paritosh Pal and Profullah Pal, burning two cows of Nirod alive, around 800 Hindu people of the village have become panic-striken.
Dipak Kumar Das, 54, teacher at Lohagora Pilot School and president of Dakshin Palpara Brahmman Kundashi Durga Puja Committee, said: “After the latest attack, we dare not go outside of our homes when the evening approaches. We cannot sleep at night fearing more attacks.”
Eighty-five years old Asha Rani Pal of the village said she could not sleep at night in fear of more attacks.
Another resident of Palpara Shibu Kumar Pal, 45, accountant of Kashinani College at Kashinani upazila of Gopalganj district, said his house came under attack on May 23 and since then they had been living with fear.
“If the law enforcers took proper steps after the first attack on May, we would not face the attacks two times this month,” said Shibu.
Tapan Pal and Mahananda Pal of the village said they required a regular police patrol in the village.
Horidash Banerjee, 80, former headmaster of Itna High School at Itna village, eight kilometer away from Kundashi, said due to the fear of more attacks regular activities of their lives were being hampered.
“Police can provide us with security for the time being; but how long we can live safely is a matter of concern,” said Horidash.
Md Jahangir Alam, officer-in-charge of Lohagara police station, said: “A case was filed with the police station in connection with Wednesday’s attack and we are trying hard to arrest the miscreants.”
Shahadat Hossain Shikder, local ward councillor, said a village defence party would be formed by the villagers to protect the village from such attacks.
Police Super Sarder Rakibul Islam said while visiting the spot on Wednesday all of the attackers would be brought under trial.
“The attackers will be handed down exemplary punishment,” he added.
He also assured the panic-striken people of regular security patrol in the village.