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Hindu residences attacked in Sunamganj, no one arrested yet

  • Published at 11:10 am March 18th, 2021
Sunamganj RAB DG Hefazat
RAB Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun speaking at a press conference at Noagaon village in Habibpur union in Shalla upazila under Sunamganj on March 18, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

A case is being formed against 15-20 people and some unidentified

Though a case is being filed against 15-20 people and some unidentified, no one has been arrested yet in incident of the attack on Hindu houses in Shalla upazila of Sunamganj.

Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun, director general of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), has ordered the immediate arrest of those involved.

He gave the directive at a press conference at his hometown in Naogaon Madhyahati village of Habibpur union in Shalla upazila on Thursday morning. 

The RAB DG said that those involved in the Shalla incident will not be exempted from the law. Those who are creating communal riots in the country will be brought to justice soon.

He said the country is moving forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. One portion of the country cannot stand that. 

So, they want to destroy the image of the country by creating communal unrest in the country. The law enforcement will get rid of communal terrorism, how they got rid of militancy from the country and earned praise in the world arena.

DG Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun said: "Whenever there was an incident in the country, the government has taken immediate action."

A group of terrorists had attacked Hindus in Shalla, he said adding: "It is definitely despicable. We will not tolerate such incidents.”

Addressing the villagers of Noagaon, he said: “I want to reassure you; We came here as soon as we came to know about this incident. Our Hindu brothers have been attacked. I am ashamed of this incident.”

The RAB director general went to Noagaon village of Habibpur union by helicopter at 10:30am on Thursday. He visited the damaged houses in the village and spoke to those concerned.

Shalla police station OC Nazmul Haque told Dhaka Tribune on Thursday afternoon that Habibpur union Chairman Vivekananda Majumder Bakul is preparing to file a case against those responsible for the incident. 

He also said, 15-20 people will be named as accused in the case. The house of the plaintiff, union chairman, was also damaged in the attack. 

OC Nazmul added that they are trying to arrest the accused in the case. 

In reply to another question, he said that the Hindu youth of Noagaon village who posted on Facebook, has been sent to court under section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

On Wednesday, thousands of Hefazat-e-Islam supporters attacked a Hindu village in Shalla upazila of Sunamganj.

The indecent happened after Hefazat-e-Islam's Amir Allama Junaid Babunagari, Joint-Secretary General Mawlana Mufti Mamunul Haque and several other central leaders attended a conference at Derai upazila on Monday.

Enraged by Mawlana Mamunul Haque's speech at the conference, a young Hindu man from Noagaon, Shalla upazila allegedly made a Facebook post criticizing Mamunul, who opposed the sculpture of Bangabandhu on Tuesday. 

Hearing of this, the mob with makeshift weapons attacked the village on Wednesday.

Hefazat leaders in the area had already staged a protest on Tuesday night, accusing the incident of inciting religious violence. 

To bring the situation under control, the police arrested the youth the same night.

However, several thousand followers of Hefazat leader Mamunul Haque from Kashipur, Nachni, Chandipur and some other Muslim-populated villages gathered in Noagaon village at around 9am on Wednesday and attacked the homes of local Hindus.

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