Four people including two women were stabbed when supporters of a Jamaat-e-Islami activist attacked the house of a Hindu family in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat this morning.
They also set the house on fire during the attack, which was made in a bid to grab the land, reports our Lalmonirhat correspondent quoting police.
Later, police arrested two people for their involvement in the attack and land grabbing.
At least 25 miscreants led by Abul Hossain stormed into the house of one Pushpa Rani Sen at Shafirhat village around 9:30am for grabbing her two bighas of land, said Amiruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Patgram Police Station.
Being resisted by the family members, the criminals torched their house and also stabbed four family members including Pushpa, the OC added.
But locals rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire, he added.
The attackers left the scene before police reached there.
The injured — Pushpa, 68, and her two sons Shyamol Chandra Sen, 45, and Kamol Chandra Sen, 38, and Shyamol’s wife Dipali Rani Sen, 30, were rushed to Patgram Upazila Health Complex.
Pushpa filed a case after Abul Hossain and his three brothers occupied the land of Pushpa, widow of Debendra Nath Sen, showing fake documents two decades back.
After a court delivered its verdict in favour of Pushpa on September 4 in 2012, the Hindu family started living there.
Today, Abul Hossain went there again to grab the land, the OC said.
Source: The Daily Star
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2014) --The plight of religious minorities in Bangladesh took center stage on Capitol Hill yesterday, as the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) marked its 11th Annual D.C. Advocacy Days. Hindu American delegates from around the country met with nearly 80 Congressional offices, asking them to support a bipartisan Congressional letter, spearheaded by Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Aaron Schock (R-IL), that urges U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to make human rights and the protection of minorities in Bangladesh a priority in U.S. - Bangladesh relations.
|Rep. Gabbard receiving HAF's Pride of the Community Award from Rishi Bhutada, Board member|
"Promoting a stable and democratic Bangladesh is important to U.S. economic, political and security interests in the South Asia region," wrote Reps. Gabbard and Schock in a message circulated to their colleagues earlier today. "Under domestic law, the Bangladesh government is obliged to enforce minority land rights, provide restitution for illegally seized land, and protect religious and ethnic minorities against violence and discrimination. To date, the Bangladesh government has taken no significant steps to compensate individuals, primarily Hindus, who lost their land under the 1974 Vested Property Act. Moreover, the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Dispute Resolution Commission has been largely ineffective, thereby denying fundamental rights to indigenous people in that region."
Beyond Bangladesh, HAF's delegation advocated for a range of foreign and domestic policy issues of importance to the Hindu American community, including strengthening U.S. - India ties, the confirmation of Vivek Murthy as the U.S. Surgeon General, and the Freedom of Faith Act (H.R. 4460) which permanently reauthorizes the special immigrant provision for non-minister religious workers.
"The breadth of HAF's policy initiatives demonstrates the growing prominence of a Hindu American voice in all realms of U.S. policy," said Harsh Voruganti, Esq., HAF's Associate Director for Public Policy. "From Capitol Hill, to strategic meetings with foreign embassies, the U.S. Department of State, and influential think tanks, HAF is playing a leading role in addressing a number of critical domestic and foreign policy issues facing our country."
The day's meetings culminated in an evening gala reception attended by more than 200 people, including Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, interfaith and religious freedom advocates, and leaders of the Hindu American community.
Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) and member of the Congressional India Caucus, was honored at the Capitol Hill reception with HAF's Friend of the Community Award for consistently calling attention to the plight of Bangladeshi Hindus and for his work in strengthening relations between the U.S. and India.
Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of HFAC and the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, was similarly awarded with the HAF Friend of the Community Award for promoting awareness of human rights violations against religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
HAF further recognized Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), member of HFAC and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, with the Pride of the Community award for inspiring young Hindus as the first Hindu American elected to Congress.
Among the evening's other awardees, were Dr. DC Rao, Board Member of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, who received HAF's Dharma Seva Award, and Steve Spritzer, Director of Programs at the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, with HAF Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism.
Finally, HAF's Award for the Advancement of the Dharmic Arts and Humanities went to Manjari Sharma, an internationally acclaimed artist, who has educated the public about Hindu beliefs through her most recent project, Darshan, on Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
The Daily Star, 20 April 2013
Unidentified criminals set a 200-year-old Hindu temple ablaze at Rajoir upazila in Madaripur in the wee hours [of April 19th].
Police and locals said miscreants torched the Kali Mandir at Mahendradi village sometime after midnight.
Dadon Kanta, chairman of Haridashdi-Mahendradi upazila, suspects that Jamaat or BNP men are behind the attack.
Police, meanwhile, arrested Haridashdi-Mahendradi union unit BNP President Abul Kalam Azad yesterday afternoon suspecting his involvement in the incident.
Mofazzal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Rajoir Police Station, said they were yet to identify the attackers and that they were investigating the incident.
Uttam Banerjee, president of the temple managing committee, said locals rushed to the spot on seeing the flames but the temple had been badly burnt before they could bring the flames under control.
In December last year, miscreants vandalised some idols of the same temple, he added.
Temples of the Hindus in several districts came under attacks in the past few months.
Mahmuda Begum, a housewife who lives next to the temple, said they saw the temple on fire around 3:00 am and began to scream.
Harinath Bhattachariya, whose ancestors had donated the land for building the temple, said they were upset to see repeated attacks on the temple.
Mohadev Mridha, another villager, said, “My father and grandfather used to offer prayers at the 200-year-old temple that burnt down before our eyes.
Nasirul Islam, additional superintendent of police in Madaripur, visited the spot and said law enforcers were gathering information and were trying to catch the culprits.
Monday, 10 March 2014
Shop looted by BCL, BNP men
HC orders arrest of land grabbers
A gang of local Chhatra League and BNP men attacked an electronics supply shop of a Hindu trader and looted goods worth around Tk 1 lakh at Kulaghat Bazar of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila on Sunday night.
The attackers also forced the businessman to sign a blank non-judicial stamp before fleeing the scene with the loot on an easy bike (battery-run three-wheeler), reports our Lalmonirhat correspondent.
Police yesterday arrested three people at Kulaghat village of the upazila in connection with the attack. They are Farooque Hossain, 25, ward unit BCL joint secretary, and Kulaghat union unit BNP members Enamul Haque, 23, and Amzad Hossain, 30.
Shop owner Nayan Chandra Roy, 30, of Kulaghat village said about six to seven miscreants, with sharp weapons in their hands, stormed his shop around 9:30pm and looted electrical goods. “I don't know why they attacked my shop, looted the goods and forced me to sign the blank non-judicial stamp,” he mentioned.
Nayan added that though he had no transaction with any of the attackers, he knew their identities as they all were from the same village.
Locals said pedestrians and other traders at the bazar witnessed the attack, but did not dare to resist the armed gang, which is notorious for snatching, torture and looting at Kulaghat Bazar, Kulaghat Boat Ghat and Lalmonirhat-Fulbari road.
On receiving information, a police team visited the spot and later raided some houses in the village to nab the culprits. The effort went in vain.
The victim Nayan Chandra Roy filed a case with Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station early yesterday, accusing six people of launching the attack on him.
Three of the accused were arrested yesterday, while the rest, Biplob Hossain, Azadul Islam and Lion Islam, are on the run. The three escapees are members of Kulaghat union unit BNP, said party sources.
Contacted, Mansur Ali, officer-in-charge (investigation) at the police station, said police had ensured protection for Nayan and his family members.
Arrestee Farooque Hossain during primary interrogation told police that the gang forced Nayan to sign the blank stamp to terrify the Hindu trader into not complaining about the incident at the police station and also to blackmail the trader later.
Law enforcers have recovered the non-judicial stamp from Farooque's possession, said police.
Talking to The Daily Star, Kulaghat union unit BNP president Rezaul Islam claimed that none of his party men were involved with the looting of the Hindu trader's shop.
On November 4 last year, Hindu village Satpatki Majhipara of Mohendranagar union in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila came under attack by some BNP men.
During the January 5 national polls, BNP men attacked the house of a Hindu woman UP member at Karnapur village of Mogholhat union in the same upazila.
Besides, attacks on the houses and businesses of religious minorities by local BNP and Sramik League men have been reported in the upazila on January 6 and 7.
NAB LAND GRABBERS: HC
The High Court yesterday directed the superintendent of police in Lalmonirhat to arrest those responsible for forcibly grabbing a plot of land belonging to a Hindu family in Lalmonirhat within 48 hours.
The court came up with the directive in response to a writ petition filed by a rights organisation. The HC also ordered the district police chief to submit a report before it after complying with the court's directive in seven days.
On February 9, a group of Awami League men picked up Bhabani Kanta Sen and his two sons of Rasulpur village in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat, and held them hostage at the house of party leader Nazrul Islam in the same area.
Later, the three were forced to sign a non-judicial stamp stating that they were handing over the ownership of a 32-decimal plot of land to Rabiul Islam Miron, president of Bawra union unit AL.
The HC also asked the inspector general of police to probe the land grabbing allegation and submit a report before it in the next 30 days.
Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, March 11, 2014