Police cite 160 attacks on Hindus attacks on Hindus
Reports submitted to HC blame BNP-Jamaat for attacks in 21 dists
Ashutosh Sarkar: Around 160 incidents of attacks and atrocities on Hindus took place in 21 districts after the January 5 parliamentary polls, according to police reports submitted to the High Court. The police also said property worth around Tk 40 lakh was damaged in 70 of those attacks and local BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami activists were responsible for most of the occurrences. The atrocities include injuring Hindu people, damaging their houses, temples and business establishments and setting them on fire, and looting valuables. Officials of different police ranges have recently submitted the reports to the HC through the Office of the Attorney General in line with a suo moto rule issued by the court on January 15. The reports say 36 criminal cases, including three general diaries, have so far been filed with different police stations in the 21 districts in connection with the incidents. Hindus in Dinajpur, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Sherpur, Tangail, Comilla, Chandpur, Bagerhat, Jessore, Narail, Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore, Joypurhat, Barisal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Rangpur, Gaibandha Nilphamari and Thakurgaon districts came under the attacks. As many as 139 people have so far been arrested, the reports say, adding that necessary security measures have been taken.
Temples set on fire, idols damaged
Criminals vandalise idols at a family temple and later set it (temple) afire at Dhopakhali village in Kachua upazila of Begerhat on Wednesday night. Photo: Star
Star Country Desk: Criminals vandalised and torched two family temples of Hindus in Bagerhat district and set on fire an arch of a religious programme of the community in Chandpur district early yesterday. In Bagerhat, a gang vandalised several idols at the family temples of Noni Gopal Sarker and his neighbour Tapan Kumar Kabiraj at Dhopakhali village in Kachua upazila, reports our correspondent. Earlier, local gang on January 9 torched Shree Shree Radha-Gabinda temple at Uttar Kachuabunia in Morelganj upazila. On January 21, another gang set a family temple of Soilendra Nath Mondal in Gazalia union of Kachua upazila. Meanwhile in Chandpur, criminals attacked a religious programme and torched an arch at the venue in Upadi area of Matlab upazila, reports our correspondent. The religious programme started at Karmaker Bari on Friday. But the criminals set fire to the arch early yesterday, extensively damaging it. Published: Friday, February 21, 2014