Saturday, 27 November, 2021

Communal Violence

Victims hope for a turnaround

New Homes, New Hopes

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Victims hope for a turnaround
Workers busy preparing a wooden frame of a tin-roof building on the yard of a Hindu family in Pirganj of Rangpur on Tuesday after a vested quarter burnt down homes and shops of Hindu community in the upazila on October 17. —SUN photo

The victims of communal violence in Pirganj have regained confidence to return to normal life thanks to the support extended by the government.

Their burnt-out houses are being replaced with new ones by the Rangpur district administration and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief. They have also received assistance from the government and non-government organisations.

Therefore, the poor fishermen families of Majhipara village under Ramnathpur union in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur are now optimistic that they can live in peaceful coexistence with their Muslim neighbours.

When a group of miscreants attacked, vandalized and set fire to the houses and took away valuables on the night of October 17, Minoti Rani took shelter in a nearby bamboo orchard along with her two children, husband and mother-in-law.

She spent a sleepless night worrying about how their family would return to the torched houses and continue to live.

But the Rangpur district administration has relieved her of all her worries. Her new house made with corrugated tin was shining and that shine was reflected on her face. She was provided with foods, clothes, children’s books, stolen cows and cash incentives.

“My house was vandalised and torched. Tk 48,000, which my husband and I saved up, was stolen. We lost our hope of survival,” Minoti Rani said.

“But the government has provided us with everything. We have got a new house and all necessary goods and Tk 475,000 in assistance. Words can't express my gratitude,” she added.

Jitendra Das, a resident of the village, said, “This is the village where our ancestors lived. Hindus and Muslims have been living here for hundreds of years. Such dreadful incident has never happened.” Around 70 people have so far been arrested in three cases in relation to the communal violence.