The New Nation5th August, 2013
UPDF road blockade today
Around 50 houses of indigenous families were reportedly set on fire by some miscreants in Matiranga upazila here on Saturday.
Locals said, unidentified miscreants set fire to the houses at Bandar Shing para, Boga para, Manudas para and Laku headman para following abduction of Md Kamal,32, a motorbike rider, from Taindang area in the uapzila on Saturday noon. The victims deserted the houses following the incident.
United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), anti-peace treaty organization, staged demonstration in the district town in the evening protesting the incident. It will enforce a dawn-to-dusk road blockade progamme in the district Monday demanding punishment to the responsible people and compensation for the victims.
Deputy Commissioner Md Masud Karim said 6/7 houses were torched and additional police and BGB members were deployed to avert further trouble.
BGB Guimara sector commander Col Emdad, Mariranga upazila parishad chairman Md Shamsul Haq, Matiranga UNO Dr Mahe Alam visited the spot. UNO Dr Mahe Alam said 20/25 houses were set on fire. The victims will be rehabilitated, he added. Meanwhile, the abducted motorbike rider was rescued from Noapara in Taindang in the upazila around 6 pm .