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12:00 AM, May 25, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 25, 2018

Hindu family living in fear

Alleges that local Jubo League president giving death threats

A minority family from a remote village in Habiganj alleged that the district Jubo League president and his men have been giving them death threats for five months for protesting torture of their neighbours.

The Hindu family alleged that Ataur Rahman Selim and his men have tried to evict Hindu residents of Sunaru village, under Baniachang upazila, several times. They also attempted to grab their lands and forced them to convert, the family added.

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They sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's prompt intervention in the matter.

The family also demanded that Jubo League, the youth front of Awami League, immediately withdraw Ataur from his post and take organisational action against him.

Pro-Liberation War organisation, Genocide Bangladesh, arranged the press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity.

Sushanta Dasgupta, a member of the family, said that they had filed a general diary (GD) in connection with death threats with Baniachang Police Station on December 7 last year but investigation into the incidents has not been completed yet.

“My family and fellow villagers are living in danger at the moment,” said Sushanta, also an organiser of Genocide Bangladesh.

Following a writ petition, the High Court on May 14 directed the superintendent of police (SP) of Habiganj to dispose of an application submitted for providing security to the Hindu villagers of Sunaru.

The SP has been asked to comply with the order within one month on receipt of the order. Sushanta submitted the application to the SP's office on April 19.

He said Ataur's men, equipped with weapons, attacked the house of his brother Sumanta Dasgupta on March 28 this year. The family filed a GD with Habiganj Sadar Police Station over the incident on March 30.

Sushanta also alleged that Ataur's men attacked a friend's house at Enatabad area in Habiganj town on April 1 and tried to kill him as he was there at the time.

Two days later, miscreants on motorbikes attacked Sunaru village and injured several Hindu villagers.

They could not go to hospital for treatment out of fear, he said. Among others, Sushanta's brother Sumanta attended the press conference.

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