Hindu farmer murdered in Bangladesh, houses burnt

Dhaka, Jan 12: A Hindu farmer was stabbed to death while his wife and relative were injured Sunday by a masked assailant in Natore district of Bangladesh.

In a separate incident, the rioters Saturday tried to burn two Hindu houses in Jhalokathi’s Nolchiti area. The fire damaged a temple in one of the houses, reported bdnews24.com.

Police said Haripad Mondol, 50, and his wife Bishaka Rani, 45, were attacked in their house in Bagdome Mondolparha area.

Mondol died on his way to a hospital while Rani was admitted to the hospital.

The assailant also stabbed Mita Rani, Mondol’s niece.

Md Ibrahim, officer-in-charge of Barhaigram police station, said police were trying to ascertain the motive behind the murder.

Meanwhile, Dilip Shil of Abhoynil village said he saw the temple’s terrace on fire in Jhalokathi’s Nolchiti area.

A.F.M. Anwar Hossain, district assistant Superintendent of police, told bdnews24.com that Abhoynil and Fulhori villages were also attacked Saturday in separate incidents.

Meanwhile, families of two Hindu women in Jessore, who were reportedly raped during the riots after the parliamentary elections Jan 5 in the country, have fled their village after filing a case with police.

On Jan 7, rioters attacked the Hindus at Hajrail village in the district. A family member of one of the women said that the rioters broke their door and asked if they participated in the polls.

IANS