Hindus’ houses torched again in Brahmanbaria

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Brahmanbaria, November 4:  Miscreants set several houses of the Hindu community on fire at Nasirnagar upazila under Brahmanbaria early Friday amid the ongoing tension over vandalising  a dozen of temples and torching their houses.

The incident happened five days after the attacks on 15 temples and 70 houses and business establishments of the Hindu community in the upazila despite the local administrations’ claim of full control over the incident.

Locals said miscreants torched the cowshed of Phul Kishore Sarkar, three kitchen rooms of Mrinal Kanti Sarkar and Amar Deb, an abandoned house of Santu Kabiraj and a house of Sagar Das around 3:00am.

Local people then rushed to the spot and doused the fire. However, several kitchens and cowsheds were completely gutted.

On information, Nasirnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Chowdhury Moazzem Ahmed and local Awami League leaders visited the spot in the morning.

Assistant Police Super Abdul Karim of Sadar Circle said five houses of local Hindus were torched. Police were looking for the culprits involved in the incident. None of the culprits would be spared, he said.

Earlier on October 29, an unruly mobvandalised 15 temples and looted over 60 houses of the Hindus at Nasirnagar upazila over a post by Rasraj Das, son of Jagannath Das of village Harinber in Haripur union under Nasirnagar upazila mocking the Holy Kaaba Sharif.

A total of 10 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, while 2,400 unidentified people made accused in two seperate cases filed following the incident.

Besides, a court placed arrested Rasraj Das on a five-day remand on charge of posting photo of the holy Kaaba humiliating the religious sentiments of people on social media site Facebook.

Four days after the attack, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sayedul Huq, who is also the MP of Nasirnagar constituency of Jatiya Sangsad, visited the spot on Thursday afternoon.

He visited four damaged temples, several family temples and affected houses.

Later, the minister claimed that ‘everything was right.’

However, in an investigation report the National Human Rights Commission said that vandalising, torching and looting the houses and temples of the Hindu community at Nasirnagar upazila sadar was a pre-planned one. “A vested quarter had committed the incident to create anarchy in the country. Lack of farsightedness and negligence of the local administration and police were responsible for the incident,” it said in its report.

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