Jubo League, BCL men get bail
A court yesterday granted bail to seven people including city corporation councillor Azadur Rahman Azad, also city Jubo League general secretary in the case filed by Bangladesh Manipuri Mohila Samity president S Rina Devi.
The others who got bail are district BCL president Pankaj Purkayostha, Azad's elder brother Azizur Rahman Manik, former district BCL joint convener Ranjit Sarker, businessman Muhibur Rahman Muhib and two BCL men.
In her case, Rina alleged that a group led by the aforesaid people had attacked and attempted to grab her family property on the day of her son's marriage on 23 January last.
Chief Judicial Magistrate of Sylhet Md Amir Uddin granted the bail in the case for the alleged land grabbing attempt that took placex in the city's Shibganj area.
The members of Manipuri community under the banners of different organisations of indigenous communities on Wednesday staged a human chain at Sylhet Central Shaheed Minar demanding immediate action against the accused.
Activists of Bangladesh Manipuri Mohila Samity, Bangladesh Manipuri Sahitya Sangsad, Integrated Manipuri Association, Ethnic Community Development Association, Bangaledsh Manipuiri Jubo Samity, Bangladesh Manipuri Chhatra Samity, Sampraday Kalyan Parishad and Tribal Welfare Association, among others, joined the programmes.
They later handed over a memorandum, addressed to the Prime Minister, to the deputy commissioner of Sylhet.
Rina Devi, a veteran activist, in the case filed with the Kotwali PS alleged that Sylhet city ward councillor Azadur Rahman Azad led a gang of 70 to 80 goons who attempted to grab her family land on 23 January.
A son, a daughter and three others of her family sustained injuries in attack by the culprits, she alleged.
Manipuri community people in the area are passing days in panic since the incident, she alleged further.
She also appealed to the authorities to ensure law and order in the area to remove fear and a sense of uncertainty among the indigenous community.