The election didn't go their way. So hundreds of devout Muslims "punish" Hindu families and neighbors for daring to vote in the 10th national elections. It's what they do.
“We could not believe that people with whom we had just had tea suddenly became so different! They became part of the group of people who tried to kill us, looted our valuables and set the whole village on fire,” said a resident of Malopara whose identity is not being disclosed for safety concerns. -
Hindu houses were vandalised, looted and torched in Maloparha of Chapatola village at Abhoynagar Upazila in Jessore on Sunday evening.
Locals said the criminals had entered Maloparha and ransacked 150 houses damaging furniture and other valuables around 7pm.
They also set fire to several houses and looted valuables.
"Obhoynagar reminds of ’71 horrors," Emran Hossain, Dhaka Tribune, January 6, 2014
Jamaat-Shibir men hack five Hindus for voting and scare away the entire community
Kalidasi Sarker jumped into the Bhairab River in the afternoon of the polling day with her 15-day-old baby. The 30-year-old mother must hold the baby above water while swimming across the 50m wide river, which too, she knew, she must.
About 100 people had to jump into the river that afternoon as they were chased by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, all equipped with firearms, crude bombs, machetes, iron rods and sticks.
Their only fault – they are Hindus and many of them had cast votes in the just concluded 10th national election.
Waiting on the other side of the river were Sabita Sarkar, 55, and many others from her village to help these people.
Watching the people running across the yellow mustard field before jumping into the river reminded Sabita of herself and her father running across a field – only, it was littered with dead bodies – decades ago, chased by the Pakistani occupation force during the 1971 Liberation War.
“I want justice for what has happened to us,” an enraged Sabita told the Dhaka Tribune.
The community of Hindu fishermen had to leave their village Malopara at Chapatola in Jessore’s Obhoynagar to save their lives.
Ironically, the Bangla word “obhoynagar” means a safe place for people.
- See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/jan/07/obhoynagar-reminds-%E2%80%9971-horrors#sthash.TBHPn9NN.dpuf
"Houses of Hindus attacked in Dinajpur, Thakurgaon," Tribune Report, Jnauary 6, 2014Witnesses and victims said properties worth almost Tk1 crore were damaged in the attack
The BNP-Jamaat-led opposition alliance men yesterday vandalised, torched and looted valuables from the houses of Hindus in the northwestern districts of Dinajpur and Thakurgaon.
The attacks were carried out at the Laad Dabra village under Sator union of Birganj upazila of Dinajpur, reported our correspondent in the district.
Houses of Kailash Roy, Jotish Roy, Jotindro Roy, Promod Charan and former UP chairman Roopnarayn Sheel were smashed in the attack. The house of Md Mamun, son of Khoka Pramanik, was also attacked.
Witnesses and victims said properties worth almost Tk1 crore were damaged in the attack.
On the election day, BNP-Jamaat men attacked nearly all the 80 polling centres in the area. At least 40 educational institutions, which were used as polling centres, had been badly damaged.
In a separate post-election violence, activists of BNP and its ally Jamaat attacked ruling Awami League men and the Hindus in eight villages under Sadar upazila in Thakurgaon district last evening, leaving 15 people injured, reports UNB.
The miscreants also vandalised and looted a number of houses and shops belonging to the ruling party men and the Hindus. A temple in the area and the idols inside were also vandalised during the mayhem.
As a sequel, opposition men launched attacks on ruling party men and Hindus at eight villages including Jhakua, Jhardanga, Baniyapara and Mondoppara last evening.
Soon after the attack, hundreds of local residents, mostly Hindus from the eight villages, fled their homes and took refuge in the adjacent villages fearing further attack by BNP-Jamaat.
UNB also reported that panic had gripped the local residents, especially the Awami League leaders and activists and the Hindus.
Following the incident, local administration reinforced security in the area, deploying joint forces, comprising police, RAB and BGB, to fend off further trouble.
- See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/jan/07/houses-hindus-attacked-dinajpur-thakurgaon#sthash.011wT1ms.dpuf