villager watches a shop vandalised and looted by Jamaat-Shibir
activists at Ghoshpara village in Jongra union of Patgram upazila under
Lalmonirhat district. The activists vandalised, torched and looted five
shops and two houses of Hindus at the village yesterday, the third day
of the main opposition BNP-led 18-party sponsored countrywide blockade
programme. PHOTO: STAR
Hindus came under attack allegedly by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and
Islami Chhatra Shibir at Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat for the second
time in a month yesterday.
The attackers beat up at least 12 women and children and torched and
looted at least five shops and two houses at Ghoshpara village of Jongra
union on the third day of the opposition-sponsored 71-hour blockade.
The incident fuelled concerns over a fresh spell of attacks on the
Hindus as men of the village have fled in fear of further attacks.
Earlier on October 28, Jamaat-Shibir men along with BNP activists
unleashed a terror on another Hindu majority area at Shafinagar in Bawra
union during hartal, torching at least 18 shops.
Ghoshpara, situated nearly 87 km from the district headquarters, is only three kilometres away from Shafinagar.
Opposition activists on November 4 also attacked another village at
Satpatki Majhipara in Sadar upazila. They vandalised and looted several
houses after villagers had refused to pay them toll.
About 200 to 250 Jamaat-Shibir activists and supporters led by Patgram
upazila unit Shibir president Rana Islam yesterday made a sudden attack
on the shops and houses from a procession, said police and witnesses.
They vandalised and looted three groceries owned by Manik Chandra Ghosh,
Subhas Chandra Ghosh, and Jamini Ghosh, a fertiliser shop of Khokan
Chandra Ghosh, and a pharmacy of Koyel Chandra Ghosh. The attackers also
vandalised two houses belonging to Koyel Chandra Ghosh and Dhanjit
Ghosh Tapos, president of Bangladesh Chhatra League of Rangpur district
Locals were confused about the reason behind the attack. Some said the
Jamaat-Shibir men were angry with Dhanjit and attacked his and other
A number of Hindu villagers however alleged that ruling party men had instigated the attack.
Police arrested Nazrul Islam, member of local Union Parishad and former president of Shibir of Patgram upazila.
Officer-in-charge of Patgram police Sohrab Hossain said Rana was a listed criminal and was on the run.
Gopal Chandra Barman, general secretary of district Puja Udjapan
Parishad, said several male members of at least 23 Hindu families had
left the village and were in need of security.
Rabindra Ghosh, president of Bangladesh Minority Watch, said after the
two incidents, the Hindus of Patgram were living in fear and a sense of