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Dhaka, Monday, August 9, 2010
10 more Ahmadiyya houses vandalised
Local Sunnis at a place in Tangail vandalised at least 10 houses of Ahmadiyya people about 2:00am Sunday after a similar attack centring on the construction of an Ahmadiyya mosque on Saturday afternoon.
Eleven houses of Ahmadiyya people were vandalised in the Saturday afternoon attack at Jamuria of Ghatail, about 50km off the Tangail town. The Sunnis attacked with sharp weapons the Ahmadiyyas when they were trying to construct a mosque.
At least nine Ahmadiyyas and two Sunnis were injured in the attack and 15 houses of the Ahmadiyas and two poultry farms were damaged.
The Ghatail police officer-in-charge, Md Mominul Islam, said more than 500 Sunnis in the second attack early Sunday vandalised 10 Ahmadiyya houses.
The Ahmadiyyas, who kept awake at night after the attack in the afternoon, however, survived the attack as they left the place on hearing the noise of the gathering of the Sunnis, he said.
Motahar Hossen, whose house was destroyed at night by the Sunnis, said, ‘We became worried after the first attack and were afraid we could be attacked again.’
‘When we heard the noise of their gathering at night, we started to leave the place. We came back to our village early in the morning and saw that 10 of our houses were destroyed,’ he said.
‘When we asked for police help during the first attack, the police assured us of looking into the matter. If the police had been deployed at the place for the night, the incident could have been avoided,’ he said.
The Tangail deputy commissioner, M Bajlul Karim Chowdhury, and additional police superintendent Jamil Hasan, visited the spot later in the day and deployed policemen there to stave off further trouble.