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Gonoshasthaya Kendra building vandalized, staff attacked

  • Published at 12:35 am October 27th, 2018
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Broken windows of the Gonoshasthaya PHA building Dhaka tribune

Police arrived at the scene afterwards and brought the situation under control, but they have not made any arrests

A group of men who were allegedly followers of a local Awami League leader have clashed with Gonoshasthaya Kendra (GK) staff and vandalized one of the buildings in the NGO’s compound in Savar.

The men, who GK staff say numbered more than 200, vandalized and ransacked the PHA building between 3pm and 4pm on Friday, and also engaged in sporadic clashes with the NGO’s staff.

Police arrived at the scene afterwards and brought the situation under control, but they have not made any arrests.

GK staff alleged that the men were followers of Savar upazila Awami League’s Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Nasiruddin. They alleged that the supporters attacked the PHA building and damaged the main entrance gate.

GK’s administrative official Alamgir Hossain said police were contacted but they are yet to take any action against the perpetrators.

Alamgir said: “The attackers also ransacked the building and stole valuable equipment, including computers. I informed the Ashulia police after the attacks took place, but they are yet to take any action.

“They did not even assess the damage caused by the attackers.”

Earlier around 12pm yet another group, allegedly supporters of local businessman Mohammad Ali, who has recently filed an extortion case against GK founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, also clashed with the NGO’s staff in front of the Gonoshasthaya Pharmacy.

When contacted, Nasir told the Dhaka Tribune his men had torn down the NGO’s main gate because it was inside his property. He denied that they were involved in the clashes. Mohammad Ali could not be reached for comments.

Ashulia police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Rezaul Haque Dipu said: “On learning about the clashes Police arrived at the scene and brought the situation under control.”

Firmly denying the allegation of not taking any action, the OC said police act after a written complaint is submitted.