Hefajat followers attack Hindu houses in Sunamganj over FB post

Staff Correspondent

18 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Supporters of Hefajat-e-Islam attacked houses of local Hindus in Sunamganj’s Shalla upazila on Wednesday, enraged by a Facebook post allegedly criticizing Hefajat Joint Secretary General Maulana Mominul Huque. 

The attackers also reportedly looted valuables from the Hindu community’s houses.

The attack happened a day after a group of local Hefajat supporters held and handed over a Hindu youth to police for allegedly criticizing Hefajat leader

Maulana Mamunul Haque on social media.

Police detained the youth last night. His house was among those which were vandalized.

A mob of a few hundred men from Noagaon and adjacent villages gathered on Wednesday morning with locally made weapons and carried out the attack, police quoting the victims’ said.

Nazmul Huq, officer-in-charge of Shalla Police Station, said the attackers vandalised at least 15 houses belonging to the minority group.

However, no arrest has been made yet in this connection and case was yet to be filed, OC Nazmul Huq said.

“Police reached the spot upon information and managed to bring the situation under control,” Mizanur Rahman, superintendent of Sunamganj police told the journalists.

“There has been no report of looting or arson so far,” the SP claimed.

Additional police have been deployed in and around the area to thwart further any untoward incident, SP added.