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Ujjala Sarkar | HENB | Dhaka | April 30, 2022:: A prominent leader of the Hindu minority community from Bangladesh’s South Chittagong area was tied to a tree and beaten by supporters of a local government official today over an invitation to an Iftar party.
Jitendra Kanti Guha alias Jiten Guha, vice-president of Chittagong South of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad (Unity Council), was tied to a tree and beaten at Haidgaon Union in Patia upazila of Chattogram. Guha is also the former president of local Awami League. Now he was severely assaulted and beaten up by the goons connected to the faction of ‘Awami League’, the ruling party in Islamic Bangladesh.
Guha was rushed to Patia Health Complex and later shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
The incident took place in front of the Gauchia Community Centre at Brahmanghata in Haidgaon on Friday afternoon.
It is learnt that the Iftar mahfil and discussion meeting was organized by the Haidgaon Union Awami League at Gauchia Community Centre. But the union parishad (UP) chairman BM Jasim was not invited to the Iftar mahfil. This is reportedly the cause of the incident.
Shahidul Islam Zulu, joint convener of Haidgaon Union Awami League, said the Union Awami League did not invite Jasim to the Iftar party as he was elected as the rebel candidate of ruling Awami League. He got angry and came to the venue with 30-40 people and started abusing different people including Mahmudul Haque Hafez, convener of Union Awami League.
At one point, someone from the perpetrators punched Jiten Guha. The rest of the people at that time dragged Jiten Guha out, tied him to a tree, beat him to bleeding. Asked for the reason for beating Guha, Haidgaon UP chairman BM Jasim alleged that Jiten Guha had embezzled money from various people by promising to give government houses, tubewells and jobs during his tenure as president. The men beat Guha and demanded that he return the money. “I was able to save Jiten by being present at the scene. The situation would have been worse had it not been for me,” Jasim claimed. But, Guha denied the allegations and told the press as the allegations were false to irate the public against him.
Patia Police Station officer-in-charge (OC) Investigation Md. Rashedul Islam told the reporters that the incident was true. He said a case has not been filed yet, but the plaintiff is likely to file a case in this regard as apprehended.
Meanwhile, Rana Das Gupta, president of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad, and Nimchandra Bhowmik, general secretary, in a joint statement demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and severe punishment under the law.
In another incident, on Friday afternoon a group of 30-40 people attacked the house of a minority family Omesh Sharma in Barbakundu village of Sitakundu in Chattogram. Equipped with different types of indigenous weapons, they carried out extensive vandalism and violence. The attackers also molested some Hindu women. Sumon Chandra Banik, OC of the concerned police station, told the media, “We have received the complaint. The incident is true”. The OC said an investigation was still going on.
As a matter of face, Bangladesh has been passing through a difficult time under the grab of Islamist power who are controlling political powers in the country causing a gross denial of minority rights there.
__Inputs from Agencies.