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Recent Atrocities Against Minorities in Bangladesh

Recent Atrocities Against Minorities in Bangladesh

Report from Bangladesh on November 28, 2001

In continuation of our report dated 25th Nov.2001, we reproduce below more incidents of communal persecution at Bhola :

Lord Hardinge police station:
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While we reached at the village namely Anandaprasad one Aicha Ram Das (50) years and his wife Kanchan Mala Das (35) started to narrate the manner of torture by the local miscreants. The miscreants on 2nd October, 2001 with ram dao, kirish and deadly weapons approached to Kanchan Mala Das to use her house to rape two neighboring hindu girls, but as Kanchan Mala vehemently refused to allow them to do so the local miscreants threatened to rape Kanchan in  her house forcefully she (Kanchan) went into her room and brought a bottle of poison showing the miscreantsthat she would swallow the poison and commit suicide. While narrating the story of torture she burst into tears before us and we took her picture. Kanchan Mala did not say what happened later on as she fell unconscious. The house of Kanchan Mala has been looted on that day and we paid her some amount of money and she told us that money is not necessary but security of  life is necessary.

One Upendra Kishore Das(75) of Anandaprasad village son of Nanda Basi told us that all his belongings including wearing clothes had been looted on 2nd October, 2001 by some unruly mob. The mob gave threat Upendra if he discloses the names of the mob he would be killed. We found that the said old man has no means to survive. We gave him taka 5000/- in disguise because if the criminals know that Taka 5000/ has been given to Upendra he will be looted again. We informed the local police station and local administration so that this may not happen again.

1) Puspa Rani Das wife of late Braja Lal Das , 2) Bakuli Das wife of Bankim Das have been gang raped on 2nd October by the miscreantrs at night in a crop field. The miscreants looted all the belongings including utensils of the inmate on that very day. Jogendra Kumar Das son of Ram Kumar Das of Anandaprasad village was attacked by the terrorist 3 or 4 times in October. In this connection, Abu, son of Jalil Meah, village Anandaprasad, has been arrested by police. Dulal, Sohag Zakir, Minto and Kamal were also arrested in connection with this case.

Khokan son Waziullah, Nabi son of Nasiruddin of village Chandpur of Lord Hardinge, Belayet son of Nur Islam, Nazir Ahmed son of late Badiuzzaman , Farid son of late Langra, Nazir Mohibullah , Malek Majee  son of Kamal,  Musleuddin , all of village Chandpur are responsible for the communal persecution against the Hindu religious minority.

Saymal Das son of late Monindra Das had a cow which is the only source of income. This cow had also been looted by the criminals of the locality. We paid him Taka 5000- to purchase another one.

Fatimabad village :
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We visited Fatimabad village where Sabita Rani Das wife of Siddu Das, Bakuli wife of Kali Mohan have been gang raped and due to severe persecution they left the country. Sujata Rani Das wife of Jadev, Supriya wife of Ramani were also raped on 2nd October, 2001 by some terrorists . Maarani Das wife of Shibu Das was cross examined by us but she refused to tell the history of rape. They had no food even to eat, we paid Tk.2000/- for their survival.

Dulal Das, Sura Bala wife of Mongal Das, Nepal Das son of Aswani Das, Ramesh Das son of Mongal Das , Minu Rani Das wife of Samir Das, Sontolshi Das wife of Upendra Das have been paid Taka 1000/- each as we saw the victims have got no clothes to wear. We also distributed some winter clothes to them and as a result they became happy.

We will also visited Tamizuddin police station, Doulatkhan police station, Char Facision police stations Lal Mohan police station and Borhanuddin police stations on 23rd of November, 2001 We are going to prepare a list very soon and we will send it to all concerned one after another.

The most pathetic and significant incident of torture of women has been detected at Bhola where we came to know from a doctor that one Hindu woman has been raped and after raping one Battery cell was pushed into her vagina, who was subsequently admitted in the local Hospital. We went to that Hospital, but the victim was not available at that time. The administration denied the allegations, but local people have come forward to inform us of the incident which took place on 3rd of October, 2001.

Report from Bangladesh on November 25, 2001

We just reached in the morning at Dhaka after a through visit from Bhola, Gazaria, Lal mohan, Barisal, Perojpur, Agailjhara, Gournadi and some adjoining villages in Bangladesh on behalf of "World Hindu Federation" Bangladesh Chapter, Dhaka Unit and also on behalf of HRCBM. We distributed an amount of taka 35,500/- in cash and also distributed some winter clothes amounting to  taka 25,000/- to the needy and affected Hindu and Christian minorities at the spot mentioned above.

We give below the nature and extent of mischief and damages caused to the Hindu and Christian Minority by terrorists. The damages and mischief were so uncountable which are more and more higher than that of news published in the daily news papers of Bangladesh earlier and other sources. The subscription is so meager we could not imagine that the amount of money and clothes would have been consumed and utilized at Bhola district only.

Bhola:
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We first of all went to the Office of Deputy Commissioner, Bhola District to ascertain the spot. He was kind enough to give us a vehicle on request at 12.00 hours to facilitate our journey. The D.C. Bhola also gave us an interview on 21.11.01 ignoring a great number of incidents communal attack on the religious minorities (No leader of Awami League was made available ).

Gazaria police station:
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Gazaria is within Bhola district. In this police station more than 5000 religions minorities live there. First we got information that only 2 families of this police station were displaced. But on scrutiny it has been ascertained that more than 50 families have been uprooted and their belongings have been looted by terrorists. One Pallabi Rani told us that her rice, pot, clothes have been looted and she has got no other means to purchase the rice, pot even clothes. Another Purna Thithi told us in a crying mood that her adjoining land has been occupied by her neighbor during communal frenzy. A Radha Gobinda Mondir which was constructed during British regime was demolished and a huge amount of tax has been imposed upon the inmates of the house and the male member are still hiding their skin due to fear of life. Another Ram Krishna Doctor's house was demolished and five lacs of taka have been taken away from him. One female member Isha Moni told us that her each and every coin kept for future expenses of her children has also been looted by the terrorists.

Lal Mohan police station
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One Basana Das, Sushama Das of Lal Mohan told us in pathetic language that some terrorists came to them and asked for money and ordered them to go out from the homestead and also showed them Dao, Kirish and knife and ultimately caused heavy injury on them and looted even wood for cooking.   The local chairman was also interviewed who told me that there would be no further communal atrocities in future.

Lord Hardinge police station:
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More than 300 Hindu families are living there. We went there on 21st of Nov 2001, Before hand some people of the locality misguided us and requested not to go there because there was no communal attack on Hindus. We became surprised that when we reached with a motorcycle there more than 40 men and women came to us and started to tell their story after the election is over on 1st of October 2001. Most of them left for India. Only some old and minor boys and girls are staying .Three women have been identified as rape victim. Their names are 1) Surma Das, 2) Basana Das, 3) Puspa Rani ,They have been thoroughly cross-examined and they confessed that they have been raped. But due to social prestige they kept themselves mum.

Barisal:
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A great number of communal incidents at Barisal took place. We could realize that this area was dominated by Mr.Abul Hasanat Abvdullah, the then Chief Whip of BD Parliament. After the election is over the veteran leader Mr. Abvdullah left the country and staying in India for life. As a result the workers have became leaderless and tremendous persecution upon the religious minorities started from the 2nd of October 2001.

Agailjhara police station :
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We visited so many places of Agailjhara police station and we accompanied the Officer-in-charge of Agailjhara who for the first time did not encourage us to go to the spot, but when we insisted him to accompany us then he went up to only 2 spots where we saw more than 23 houses of different religious minorities have been either demolished or broken into pieces. We asked each and every member of their families and admitted that a serious communal violence took place. They told me that they don't want money but they want security and prestige, although they lost their belongings. We distributed taka 500/- for each family for food and utensils only.

Gournadi police station:
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A terrible communal attack on the Hindu and Christian minorities in this place took place after the election is over. We saw 50 Hindu families and 3 Christian families have become rendered homeless as their dwelling houses have been broken into pieces, tin shed houses have been broken, there is no article left behind. The Officer-in-Charge of Gournadi was interviewed but he did not admit any communal attack on the Minority community. When I saw him a video tape then he became furious and called a Leader of local BNP and warned me for the consequence. House of Krishna Para of Chadshi was demolished as Krishna Pada was the supporter of a particular party "Awami League". His puja Maddap was also broken into pieces. ( More details regarding communal attack on minorities at Gournadi p.s. will be exhibited soon.)  We did not pay money to the distressed Hindus in this police station due to shortage of money, we also assured them rehabilitation soon. A project is expected to be made very soon.

Perojpur District:
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We also visited some spots at Perojpur where we saw 4 hindu families have been totally rendered homeless as the terrorists compelled them to leave the country within 48 hours. I contacted with the President of Local Puja Parishad of Perojpur, but he for the first time did not admit any communal frenzy in Perojpur  as soon as one Priyatosh told me that 4 Hindu families namely 1)Sawpan 2) Haripada Tarapder 3) Nepal Halder and 4) Surja Kanta Paul were badly affected by the Islamic fundamentalists. The president Local Puja Parishad wanted to conceal the fact for the first time although he is Hindu. It seems that the feeling of insecurity and uncertainty was prevailing at that time. Our presence in Perojpur town made the Hindus more courageous and turbulent I found at their attitude. It is very unfortunate that one old lady aged about 60 years was beaten by a group of terror its on 24th of Nov.2001 with a view to kidnap her only daughter  Nilima Biswas and also for a piece of cultivable land. I went to the spot and asked the local people and admitted the fact. I have asked the local police authority to register a case against the culprits responsible for the offence.

Suggestions:
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We realized after through scrutiny that a project for rehabilitation of Bangladesh Minorities should immediately be set up and a systematic process of distribution of relief materials should be made. Because we found that some NGOs have also visited those places but could not identify the actual distressed persons. It has been observed that while distributing relief materials to the distressed Hindus some unknown Muslims claiming themselves to be poor Hindu came to us for help but on verification it has been disclosed that those poor Muslims were once convicted for the offence of robbery, theft etc.

Transportation:
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Minimum 4 (four) vehicle preferably Micro Bus (four wheeler) for moving one place to another is absolutely necessary. One Vehicle is not enough for distribution of relief materials in different parts of the country. A minimum fund of Taka 6,00,000/= ( Tk. Six lacs) for the transportation cost is necessary to cope with the present situation. We spent this time Taka 6,000/= for the transportation cost only and sometimes vehicle for outside Dhaka is not available and more costly.

Border should be closed:
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Fleeing Hindus should not be allowed to cross the border as the Hindus continue to cross the border for safety and security, the strength of Minorities will be shaken and ultimately the Hindus will be rootless after 5 years, or Government of India should be requested on this issue. The only distressed Hindus should be given temporary shelter for their safety only.

Report from Bangladesh on November 13, 2001

Chittagong:
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Nov.11 - Armed miscreants ransacked some 36 houses at West Noapara in Rouzan Sub district on Saturday, the reports UNB

We had an interview with the local people at Rouzan 20 to 25 hoodlums attacked the houses and looted cattleheads. They also took away fishes from ponds of Hindu owners. As police from the police headquarters appeared lately in the scene the terrorists fled away with the booties ending a six-hour action beginning from 8 a.m.

A temporary police camp was set up in the area after the terrorists picked up one Amol Chowdhury for informing police of the incident.

Another incident took place at 69 Para of Rouzan some terrorists numbering 15 to 16 appeared in Gourishankar Hat on 11.11.01 at 10 hours and demanded money amounting to Rs. 50,000  each from the shop-owners of Hindu community who could not pay as a result one Bidhu Babu has been kidnapped and huge number of rice, wheat and some cash has been looted by the criminals and rest have been warned not to file any complaint to the police station; otherwise, their life would be jeopardized. We have already sent two persons to ascertain the damages caused due to looting.

Perojpur :
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One Dr.Deb Lal Dakua aged about 50 years of Nazirpur Sub district under Perojpur district has been threatened to convert to Islam within 7 days. The Islamic fundamentalists came to him with a knife to cut the front side of his penis on 11th of this month. After the election was over he was also threatened to convert to Islam and forced to come in a hut in presence of huge number of their supporters then he became unconscious. Today, 13th November "The Janakantha" published the news with the photograph of the victim - Dr. Deb Lal Dakua. Tension is going on there in Nazirpur. We have also sent one of our colleagues to ascertain the names of terrorists. Dr. Deb Lal was also asked to pay Rs. 50,000 to the terrorists within 7 days; otherwise he will be killed. So a sense of insecurity amongst the Hindus in Nazirpur is going on. Dr. Dakua registered a case in the police station for safety.

The main objective of the Islamic fundamentalists is to eliminate Hindus from Bangladesh.

Report from Bangladesh on November 10, 2001

Just today, 11th we reached Dhaka safely from Chittagong Mirersarai where one Hindu minority was killed, 30 families have been rendered homeless, 8 persons are now in Sub-district Hospital, Mirersarai who are still fighting for existence. We personally interviewed with the victims and talked with them at night. One victim Dilip Kumar Majumder told us that he has been brutally attacked by some local Muslims named Rafique, Soleman, Mohiuddin and others as the victims did not agree to pay Zazia tax (illegal contribution). His head injury is very critical and he requires immediate medical treatment. Another victim Shadan Bala Das told us that she has not escaped the merciless beating by some local miscreants. She was also threatened to leave the country or convert to Islam. Another victim Jhutan Kumar Das aged about 12 years was also attacked resulting in head injury and the Hospital sources narrated that the victim is going to recover. Another victim Sanjit  Kumar Das told us that he has been inhumanely tortured by some local Muslims and demanded a huge amount of money. As he could not mitigate their illegal demand the criminals started beating himmercilessly.

Another victim Sujit Kumar Das of Mitanala, Mirersarai told us that he has been mercilessly beaten because of his inability to pay.  Another victim Niranjan Majumder told us in a pathetic way that even his utensils have been looted away and later on he has been struck on his head and he fell unconscious and he has been taken to Mirersarai Hospital. Another victim Benode Behari Das was also inhumanely tortured by the local Muslim criminals who wanted money from him for the first time and as the victim is poor and unable to feed himself even he was beaten up mercilessly.

Yesterday, 10th of Nov, 2001 the local Member of Parliament, one Minister happened to be at Mirersarai, Chittagong. We had an opportunity to interview with the local Member of Parliament and the Minister. They admitted the persecutions but told us that these were accidents and not communal frenzy. We also interviewed with the local police Sub-Inspector who is also an Investigating Officer who told us that out of 16 accused 7 have been arrested and the investigation is going on at the instruction of his superior authority.

The full description of the victims, local Member of Parliament, Minister and the Police officer has been video taped yesterday night and the local Member of Parliament assured us that the victims would be compensated. However, when we asked the victims, one after another, they told us that till today no relief, no compensation has been made to them.  We found from conversation with the victims that they are still passing their days with insecurity even in the hospital. Since one victim Shadu died due to torture, the victims are now in panic in spite of consolation by the local M.P.

As per as our ability goes, we distributed food, medicine, water, etc. to the victims at Mirsarai, Chittagong and assured them further help in the future.

Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council of Chittagong announced half-day strike (Hartal) on 15th of November, 2001 as protest against communal frenzy; the tension is going on between two groups.

Report from Bangladesh on November 2, 2001

Today the image of Laksmi Devi in Jamalpur district has been broken by some terrorists who also snatched away the belongings of the minorities in Jamalpur. Four girls of two families have been raped. The law-enforcing agency is not impartial and did not work properly in view of our weak Hindu organizations.

After the air strike in Afganistan the feeling of many Muslim friends have become inimical and unfriendly. The attitude towards Hindus is not congenial and neighborly because of a total failure to safeguard their interest, life, property, and prestige. In some areas where we visited, we saw distressed Hindus who are compelled to leave their country or converted to Islam.

Report from Bangladesh on October 29, 2001

To-day, a report has come from "Bangla Bazar Patrika" dated October 29, 2001 at Dhaka that one Seraj Munshi of Gazipur district with his terrorist group attacked one Hindu family of Nawjur Upazila consisting of eight members. The eight Hindus have been mercilessly assaulted by the Islamic terrorists. Out of eight members four are female and one is infant. Seriously injured persons are Jharna Rani Das aged about 23 years, Rina Rani Das 15 years, daugher of Jatin Chandra Das. They have been admitted into Gazipur Sadar Hospital for treatment. The infant aged about 8 months named Purnima and her mother Sarwasati Das aged about 44 were given primary treatment and they left the hospital.

Report from Bangladesh on October 28, 2001

Barishal :
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House of Sukhendu Baidya in Ramer Kathi Village in Ujirpur upazilla In Barishal was damaged by terrorists on 01/10/01. Sukhendu Baidya is the Jt. Secretary of Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad (HBCOP), Central committee member of Bangladesh Puja Organising Committee (Puja Udjapan Parishad) and former Jt. Secretary of Bangladesh Chatra League. Sukantha Baidya, Sukhendu's younger brother was also beaten up by the miscreants. Besides this, the terrorists damaged and looted shops owned by Nepal Mondal, Sukumar Sikdar, Babunath Sikdar in Sikdar Bari. The terrorists molested wives of Kalu mondol, Swapan Baroi, Kanu Kirtonia, Gouranage Bepari and Mahendra Mondal. They also assaulted local teacher Paresh Halder, Jibon Krishna Sikdar and Joydeb Halder. They also damaged house of Dipu Member, Secretary of the local HBCOP unit.

Barishal :
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Terrorists launched brutal attack and looted 20/25 houses in Bilwagram and Jangalpatti villages in Gounadi upazila in Barishal district. Many people were injured in their attacks including Bimal Kar, Nanigopal Goswami, Keshab Roy, Madhusudhan Chakraborty, Post Master, dulal Goswami, businessman, Gopidas, Binoy Kar, Manju Rani Mita Goswami.

Munshiganj :
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Gopal Pal Gen. Secretary of Abdullahpur Union of Tongibari thana of Munshiganj district was forcibly evicted from his house. Bijoy Sarkar, Vice-Principal of Ichapur Degree College in Sirajdikhan thana in the district and Gen. Secy. of the local unit of HBCOP was brutally beaten up by miscreants.

Kushtia :
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Terrorists killed Ratan Kr. Chakraborty, S/o. Late Haripada Chakraborty of Baradi and injured two of his brothers Madan and Rupak critically on 20/09/01. They have also threatened them and asked them to leave the country.

Sirajganj :
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Rabindranath Ghosh, one of the leader of the Bangladesh Puja Organizing Committee of Sirajganj unit was assaulted by terrorists on 02/10/01. Tarash upazila Puja Organising Committee's Gen. Secy. Tapan Goswami's family was attacked by terrorists and a false case was registered against him by BNP. Tapan Goswami has left his home and taken shelter elsewhere.

Sirajganj :
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Khokan Mondal was murdered by BNP activists on 08/10/2001 for casting his vote for Awami League. Besides this, minorities are facing attacks and extortion in Mohanpur in Ullapara, Jhaoil in Kamarkhand thana, Tarash thana sadar, Gopirpara in Sirajganj District Sadar, Raiganj Bazar and Baikunthapur villagees in Raiganj thana.

Jhinaidah :
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Terrorists attacked and looted the rice mill of Tapan Kr. Kundu in Louhajanj village in Jhinaidah sadar upazila on 02/10/01. On 2.10.01 and 3.10.01 terrorists attacked Bimalendu Biswas's house and carried away cattle. Biswas was the former Chairman of Hatgopalpur. On 09/10/01 Krishnagopal Dutta was assaulted. Terrorists including Mannu and Bakul looted shops located in Gopalpur bazar owned by Keshtopada Saha, Adhir Kr. Biswas and Monoranjan Biswas and took away fifteen drums of Coconut and soybean oil.

Comilla :
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Madan Mohan Bhowmik was killed and another person injured in an explosion executed by terrorists in two houses in Badura upazila in Comilla district.

Cox's Bazar :
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Rumka Palang and Uttar Dhurangkhali villages in Haldia Palang union in Uthia at Uthia-Teknaf, Cox's Bazar, 7/8 houses of religious minorities were attacked and set on fire.

Jessore :
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Houses of minorities were attacked and looted in Keshapur upazila in Jessore district on 5.10.01. Manab Chandra and Kalidas were among the 50 minorities who were injured in the attack. The attack and looting was led by Moulana Shakhawat.

Gazipur :
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On 5/10/01 attack was carried on minority villages of Batania Chala, Sripur, Golawa, Raghunathpur in Boali Union in Kaliakair upazila, Sutrapur in Sutrapur Union, Baliadi and Bhangaraj in Sreephaltoli union. The scared minorities have fled from their homes and have taken shelter elsewhere. Six persons injured in the attack were admitted to the Gazipur Sadar Hospital. At least 30 houses of minorities were damaged and looted in Golwa village in Boali union in attack by a 40/50 strong group led by one Majibur Rahman.

Netrokona :
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On election day on 01/10/01, terrorists beat up and injured a seventy year old man Kanailal Sarkar. He is under treatment in a hospital. In a similar attack in Chotobazar in Sadar upazila Narayan Ch. Talukdar's eldest son was seriously wounded. Two houses in samajgram in Mohanganj thana were set on fire on 02/10/01. On 4/10/01 Babu Ganesh Sarkar's (Panel Chairman of Municipality) house in Nagra was ransacked and his house was looted. Besides this, 7/8 shops were also damaged. On the same day the house of Naren Dutta, former Vice-Principal of Netrokona Govt. College in Nurpur village in Challisa union was attacked.

Gopalganj :
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Almost fifteen thousand minorities from different districts in the face of oppression and assault came and took shelter in Ramshil in Kotalipara in Gopalganj. Besides Ramshil, each and every house in the 12 Unions in Kotalipara has given shelter to at least one oppressed family.

Satkhira :
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Death threat was given to Ashim Kr. Mridha, Chairman of Munshiganj union in Shamnagar upazila in Satkhira district after the elections. Their shrimp farm was looted. They arranged a press conference and sought security of their lives.

Santosh Gayan of Katakhali village in Nounagar union was beaten up and his house damaged and looted. People of Palpara in Noornagar and one Dulal in Kundali village in this union were beaten up. Women were physically assaulted. Swarajit Member's house was looted and his wife was physically tortured.

Nilkhanata Son, Head Master of Ashasuni Secondary School in Ashasuni Sadar union was given death threat. similar threats were issued to Kanak Ch. Sarkar of Kandakati Union. Bimal Member of Kandakati village was beaten up and 8/10 shops in the village were damaged. Minorities residing in the villages of Dargapur, Badhuhata and Sobhanali unions are threatened and asked to leave the country.

Satkhira :
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Jadav Karmakar and his wife of Telkupi Kararpara in Surulia Union in Talkhana of Satkhira district were injured when they were hacked with weapons. Shop of Narayan Chakraborty of Kumira Union was looted. Prakash Sadhu of Bhurulia Union was beaten up.

Satkhira :
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Around 20 minorities were injured in attacks on 2.10.01 in Ashasuni and Badhuhaa in Satkhira district. In Badartola kamalkaji village in Sodnali union in Ashasuni loud speakers are being used to openly threaten and ask the minorities to leave the country.

Faridpur :
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Minorities are being oppressed and tortured in Jaipasha village in Motordia union, Chatul union and Chandpur union of Boalmari thana of Faridpur district. Jadunath Saha, Nikhil Kar and Narayan Sadhu of Rajapur, Khagen Master and Sunil Pal of Parameshdi village have been tortured.

Bagerhat :
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Langarkhana has been established in Chaterhat bazar for the thousands of minorities who have been evicted from their places in Bagerhat.

Bagerhat :
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Bani Kanta Mistri of Kachikashta village in Morelganj upazila in Bagerhat district was murdered after the elections.

Pabna :
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More than hundred Houses and shops of minorities including that of Kanti Saha, Akhil Basu and Sujan in Nischintipur in Sujanagar in Pabna were damaged and looted on 6.10.01.

Faridpur :
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Atul Ch. Saha, renowned businessman in Bhanga upazila in Faridpur was murdered and his shop looted on 5.10.01.

Lalmonirhat :
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Oppression and torture on minorities were carried on in Tushbhandar union in Lalmonirhat on 3/10/01. Terrorists attacked the rice mill of Bishambar Master of Khanpara and looted paddy, rice and other things worth Taka 50,000/-.

Natore :
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Sadhan Ch. Sarkar, UP Member of Nimakdama village in Singra upazila in Natore was wounded when attacked by sharp weapons on 6/10/01. He is under treatment in Singra hospital. Bhabani Charan Sarkar of Biladhar bazaar was beaten up on 4/10/01.

Besides this minorities in Arbad village in Lalpur upazila are being tortured and women in the village molested.

Madaripur :
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Dr. Ranjit Saha and his family members were abducted on 11/10/01 and his wife and daughter were tortured.

Patuakhali :
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Around twenty persons including Nirmal Debnath, Dr. Keshab, Kalyan Roy in Patuakhali district were beaten up on 5/10/01 and threatened and asked to leave the country. Almost all Hindus have left the five villages of Singrakathi, Mankhan, Bahirchar, Kalshuri, Rajapur, Kachipara.

Narayanganj :
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Two young girls were molested and brutal attack was carried on 125 Hindu families in Panchbati in Fatulla thana in Narayanganj distrtict on 4/10/01. Besides this, shops were damaged and looted.

Rangpur :
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25 minority people were injured in an attack on 01/10/01 in Pirgacha, Haragacha, Kaunia, Taraganj, Badarganj in Rangpur.

Phirojpur :
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Around 33 minority people were injured in attacks by terrorists in Umedpur, Durgapur, Tona, Dakatia and Holarhat in Phirojpur on 01/10/01.

Sylhet :
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Fifteen minority families were locked up and kept back from casting their votes in Madhyapara in Shibbari in Sylhet town on 01/10/01.

Bhola :
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4/5 women were raped and hundreds of houses looted in Lord Hardinge village in Lalmohan thana in Bhola on 02/10/01. People of the minority community fled and took shelter in Charfashion thana out of fear. Besides this, Swapan Das was hacked to death on 4/10/01 in Umarabad in Charfashion in Bhola.

Jhalakathi :
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People of the minority community of Taltola, Sidhakaji, Toukaji Madrassa area, Charkhana in Gabkhan Dhanshiri Union in Jhalkathi were oppressed and tortured on 02/10/01.

Rajshahi :
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An idol in a puja mandap was damaged in Haridebpur village in Tanore Thana of Rajshahi district.

Dhaka City :
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Terrorists set fire to one Durga temple in Meradia in Dhaka city on 14/10/01.

Patuakhali :
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Terrorists ransacked and damaged idols in the Durga temple and Kali temple in Daspara in Bauphal in Patuakhali district on 05/10/01.

Natore district :
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Temple in Dakmondop Bazar in Singra upazila of Natore district was ransacked on 28/09/01.

Munshiganj :
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Terrorists damaged idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Radha-Krishana in Gopal Chandra Das's house in Khidirpara village in Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj. No measures were taken in this regard despite bringing the incident to the notice of the administration.

Chandpur :
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Idols of Kali was damaged and temple in Prankrishna Shil's house was set to fire in Gobindapur Union No.9 in Faridganj upazila of Chandpur district.

Comilla :
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Terrorists ransacked and damaged a tyemple in Kulgaon village in Debidwar thana of Comilla district during the post election period.

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Bagerhat :
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Wife and daughter of Pulin Malakar and wife of Bhabani Roy and wife of Prafulla Mondal of Borgaola village in Mollarhat thana of Bagerhat district and wife of Motilal Roy of Mejgaola village in Mollarhat thana were raped.

Sirajganj :
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Three young girls of Purba Delua village in Ullapara upazila in Sirajganj were raped during the post-election period.

Magura :
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One college going girl and tow school going girls of Nahata Village in Sripur upazila of Magura district were abducted on 09/10/2001 night by miscreants and after inhuman torture throughout the night were left on the nearby ground. Ten people including Sunil Pal, Sunil Biswas and Niva Rani Pal of Palpara were injured in attacks by terrorists. They were admitted to Magura Sadar Hospital. These criminal activities were led by Sayed and Kinan of Dierpara village, Jahangir Sheikh of Sabdalpur village and Jahangir of Nahata village.

Barishal :
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On 05/10/2001 terrorists raped Putun Som, daughter of Bijoy Son of Bilwagram in Gournadi thana in Barishal district. On 07/10/2001, terrorists molested Santana Rani, wife of Shankar Datta and left her on the road.

Satkhira :
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Terrorists forcefully abducted a young girl in Gonalinta in tala upazila of Satkhira district and raped her for two days. When she was freed she was bleeding.

                         ATTACK AND DAMAGE TO RELIGIOUS PLACES
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Khulna :
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Idols in Kapilmuni temple in Malopara and idols in nearby Taal and other areas were damaged in paikgacha upazila in Khulna district.

Idol of Goddess Durga in Garaikhali upazila in Paikgacha Union was damaged and broken.

Lalmonirhat District :
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The boundary of the very old Durga mandir in Sibbari mouja in Panchagram union of Sadar upazila was pulled down by Ah. Samad and Goni Mia's group on 02/10/2001.

Barishal District :
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Terrorists ransacked the Krishnabhakta Sevashram in Ramer Kathi in Ujirpur Thana in Barishal district and damaged idols kept in the temple.

Barishal :
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A religious institution (math) and a memorial situated south of Bangladesh Bank, Barishal in Barishal Sadar was ransacked and later taken possession of by terrorists.

Manikganj :
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Temples were damaged in Gheor in Manikganj district in the post-election period.

Comilla :
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Idol of Durga was damaged and broken by terrorists on 05/10/01 in Talagram in Badua thana of comilla district.

Satkhira :
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Idols of Durga were damaged in Pulerhat in Nagarghata Union in Ashasuni thana of Satkhira district and in Bhadrakhali in Kaliganj thana of the district on 08/10/01.
 


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