Land grabbers attack again within 72hrs | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 26, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:21 AM, September 26, 2020

Sylhet Catholic Diocese

Land grabbers attack again within 72hrs

Three days into an attempt to grab land belonging to Catholic diocese in Sylhet, miscreants attacked again on Thursday.

On Monday morning, they vandalised the property, adjacent to the bishop's residence and office, uprooted 50 newly-planted trees and demanded Tk 25 lakh.

The second attack, carried out at night, was foiled by the guards and staff of the bishop's office. Alauddin, a guard of the land meant for a school, said, "They attacked when power was out. We started shouting and others rushed to help. After they fled, we found sharp weapons there."

Contacted, Sub-inspector Ripton Purkayastha, the case's investigation officer, said, "We went to the spot and recovered the sharp weapons."

Following Monday's attack, Father Saroj Costa, in-charge of the bishop's office, filed a case with Shahporan Police Station, accusing 19 named and several unnamed.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar, additional deputy commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police, said, "Police already arrested two accused. We are looking into the matter with upmost importance."

Asked about the recent attack, he said he was unaware of it. 

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