At least 10 houses of the Hindu community at Harijan Palli in Bochaganj upazila of Dinajpur district were burned to ashes by miscreants led allegedly by a local BNP leader’s son in the early hours of Saturday.
Locals caught Jewel, one of the attackers, while he was setting fire to the houses. Later he was handed over to the police.
They claimed that Jewel, son of Bochaganj ward-level BNP leader Ayub Ali, is the mastermind behind the incident. As a sequel to the conflict with some sweepers of the Harijan Palli, he along with others set fire to the houses.
A case was filed with Bochaganj police station against four people, including Jewel, in this connection, said OC Habibul Haq Prodhan.
Meanwhile, Bochaganj upazila administration provided 30kg of rice, blankets, saree and lungi to each of the affected families, who have lost everything and have been living under the open sky.
UNO Shilabrat Karmakar assured the victims of providing cash and corrugated tin sheets for the house reconstruction.