Miscreants have attacked houses and shops of Hindus in Jessore and Dinajpur for casting vote in the 10th national elections.
Hindu houses were vandalised, looted and torched in Maloparha
of Chapatola village at Abhoynagar Upazila in Jessore on Sunday
Locals said the criminals had entered Maloparha and ransacked
150 houses damaging furniture and other valuables around 7pm.
set fire to several houses and looted valuables.
After the incident, the
panic-stricken residents left the village.
Firefighters rushed to the
spot and doused the flame immediately.
Jessore Assistant Superintendent
of Police (Sadar) Reshma Sharmin said activists of Jamaat-e-Islami, an ally of
opposition BNP, had carried out the attack at a time when the administration was
busy with counting of votes.
The Opposition boycotted the elections held
on Sunday. It enforced shutdown and blockade to thwart it.
file a case, the ASP said.
A local MP, Jessore Deputy Commissioner and
Superintendent of Police visited the spot on Monday morning.
families were given 200 blankets.
Ranjit Roy, who was elected in Sunday’s
polls, alleged the Jamaat activists had carried out the attack at the
instigation of his opponent Sheikh Abdul Ohab.
Abdul Ohab was not
available for comments.
bdnew24.com Dinajpur correspondent said over 100
Hindu houses and shops were vandalised and set on fire in Kornai village of
Chehelgazi Union of Sadar Upazila.
The affected families took shelter at
the house of a local social worker Rezaul Karim.
Hundreds of Jamaat
activists continued the attacks on Hindu houses and shops with crude weapons and
sticks for three hours on Sunday night.
They also ransacked and set fire
to many houses and shops at the time.
The victims alleged the BNP and
Jamaat activists had attacked their houses for casting vote.
they had informed the administration about the attack immediately after it was
unleashed but did not get any response.
Kotwali Police Station OC Altaf
Hossain said they were busy in election duty.
He said action would be
taken against those responsible.
District BNP General Secretary Mukut
Chowdhury denied allegation of the involvement of his party in the
Local MP Iqbalur Rahim and administration officials visited the
area on Monday morning.