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.