April 13, 2014
Chaitra Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5116
Local activists of the ruling Awami Leauge were involved in the attacks on Hindus
A sweetmeat shop Sunil Mishtanno Bhandar was vandalised by a group of miscreants at Railway Bazar area in Lalmonirhat town around 9:30pm on Saturday night. The culprits also robbed the shop and took Tk4 lakh.
Sunil Chandra, owner of the shop, was hospitalised after receiving critical injuries in the attack, which started because Sunil asked Kazi Rana, leader of the gang, to pay the bills.
“When I requested Kazi Rana and his 10-12 gang members to pay their bills, they attacked me and beat me mercilessly. They also looted my shop and took cash money,” Sunil said.
Police rushed to the scene immediately, but no one was arrested. The locals alleged that police did not make any arrest for unknown reasons, adding that local activists of the ruling Awami Leauge were involved in the attacks on Hindus.
Sunil said his family was now living in fear of further attacks by the gang.
“We did not file a complaint with the police station about the incident because we fear we would be attacked again,” said Alok Chandra, Sunil’s son, at the family’s residence in Thanapara.
Gopal Chandra Barman, general secretary of Lalmonirhat Puja Udjapon Parisad, said the attack was premeditated and the attacker planned to loot the Hindu-owned shops in town.
Police said they must take stern action in this regard.