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Dinajpur Santal men flee home

Fear Of Arrest, Further Attack
Our Correspondent, Dinajpur
All Santal men have deserted Habibpur village to evade arrest following a clash over a disputed piece of land which left one dead in Parbatipur on Saturday.
Mahmudul Alam, a relative of slain Sohag Islam, filed a murder case with Parbatipur police against 50 people. Police have arrested 19 Santal inhabitants, including school-going children, in connection with the incident.
“Men and young girls are not staying in the village fearing arrest and further attacks,” said Bimal Mardi of Chirakutipara. He alleged that their girls were physically abused during the attack.
Villagers said a band of Bangalee criminals had taken away their cattle, land documents, tube-wells, cash and kitchen utensils following Sohag's death. They added the attackers had either torn the title deeds or taken those away.
The upazila administration last night installed two new tube-wells in the village as there were no sources of clean water left.
Maria Hembram, 40, said the attackers had entered her home and torn up her land documents. She alleged that they had around five acres of land, but more than one acres had been grabbed by the Bangalees.
Monika Hasda, 55, said the attackers ransacked her home and damaged the land documents. “The attackers have taken away two cows, five goats, a tube-well,” she added.

Police arrested her son Jewel Tudu, while her husband Gudu Tudu has left the village to avoid arrest.
During a visit to the village yesterday, it was found that none of the houses had the necessary kitchen utensils or grain to cook.
The attackers took at least 200 cows, nearly 100 goats, pigs and all the tube-wells of the village of 60 families. Police have recovered only three cows later.
The Santal inhabitants said people from Borodal, Shahbajpur, Kamlapur, Kasipur, Lalmati and Salaipur villages had launched the attack.
Mahmud Alam, officer-in-charge of Parbatipur Police Station, said they had set up a camp at the village to restore law and order.
Rabindranath Soren, president of Jatiya Adivasi Parishad, visited the spot yesterday. He said the attack had reminded the Adivasi people of the atrocities of 1971.
Published: 12:01 am Monday, January 26, 2015
Last modified: 10:14 pm Monday, January 26, 2015


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