Bangladesh: Hindu ceremony attacked

Dhaka, 7th February 2016: Bangladesh is under the grip of severe intolerance as reports after reports pour in, which prove that minorities have little or no place in the country.

Bangladesh Minority Watch (BDMW) has reported that perpetrators from majority Muslim community attacked Hindu funeral ceremony (Shardha) with a view to grab land belonging to the minority Hindu community on 06.02.2016 at about 11 a.m. at village-Bhatirbhita of Nageswari Upazilla of Kurigram District.

The ceremony was organized for the victim Dilip Chandra Sen’s deceased mother.

BDMW has said that not only did the ceremony was “desecrated and destroyed” by a sudden and vicious attack, but at the same time, an assault on women and children was also launched by the perpetrators with the intent to outrage the modesty of the terrified minority women. (Source: The Daily Sangbad dated 07.02.2016)

The names of the attackers are: 1) Md. Ibrahim (60) son of Late Taheruddin. 2) Abdul Malek-37, 3) Abdul Karim-34, 4) Maidul Islam -30, All of Md. Ibrahim, 5) Ms.Maleka Begum -56, 6) Ms.Hamida Begum-55, 7) Ms.Alena Begum 30, 8) Ms.Sharifa Begum 38.

So far, the Police has been unable to arrest the perpetrators responsible for the attack.

Officer in Charge of the police station said that the attackers and abettors are also absconding.

As soon as the Bangladesh Minority Watch came to know such attack on this solemn Hindu gathering, the advocate from the human rights team, Rabindra Ghosh, communicated with Md.Tobarak Ullah – Superintendent of Police, Kurigram District over his cell.

The S.P. said that he was unaware of any such incident and, BDMW feels, that he tried to suppress the facts of the incident by saying that “I am not aware of the incident, tell Officer in Charge of the respective police station and he will take up the matter.”

The advocate then contacted with Abu Akkas Ahmed – Officer in Charge of Nageswari Police station who admitted that the incident took place and said that “This is a simple issue and not religiously motivated issue and I have taken steps accepting complaint (F.I.R.) from the victim, Dilip Chandra Sen.”

Bangladesh Minority Watch has expressed concerned on the sudden attack on the Hindu funeral ceremony and has also demanded an immediate arrest of the perpetrators responsible for the crime.