A gang of extortionists vandalised at least eight houses at Dhuliyali village in Sadar upazila on Sunday night.
The gang led by Amin Khan, 30, son of Chan Khan of Chalisha village under Tona union of the upazila, first came to the house of Md Rafikul Islam at around 9:00pm and demanded TK 15,000 from him, but he refused to oblige.
The gang, equipped with sharp weapons, again came to the house at around 11:00pm, vandalised the house and took away Tk 17,000, the victim told newsmen at the local press club yesterday morning.
Later, the extortionists swooped on the houses of Motiur Rahman Sheikh, Sobhan Sheikh, Shah Alam, Rob Shikder, Mohsin Sheikh, Nasir Sheikh, and Ripon Sheikh of the village and looted money and other valuables from the houses, victims alleged.
“A gang of 20 to 25 led by Amin came to our house at midnight and told us to open the door. As we refused to open the door, they stormed into the house by breaking open the door. Failing to get money, the gang ransacked the house and left the scene, asking me to send Tk 20,000 to him,” said Nasima Begum, wife of Md Sobhan Sheikh.
five people were also sustained injuries during the attack by the extortionists, said the victims.
Locals said none dares to lodge complaint with police against Amin as Kadamtola union AL General Secretary Hanif Khan is giving him shelter.
“Amin is one of the cadres of Hanif Khan and involved in illegal activities in the area,” said chairman Salam. Md Sobhan Khan, chairman of Tona Union Parishad, also brought same allegation against Amin.
Refuting the allegation, local AL leader Hanif Khan said Amin is a drug addict and not at all involved with local AL politics.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Abdur Razzak Mollah of Sadar Police Station yesterday visited the houses of the victims
Contacted, Police Superintendent (SP) Akhteruzzaman said he came to know about the Sunday night's incident and asked the OC of Sadar Police Station to visit the spot.