Update July 28, 2019

Dhaka 1-10 am, 12-August, 2020

90 charged for killings, arson in Santal village

Mirajul Moin Joy

The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) on Sunday submitted a charge-sheet against 90 people for killing three Santal people at Bagda village in Gobindaganj upazila of Gaibandha on 6 November, 2016, reports UNB.

General manager (finance) of Rangpur Sugar Mill Nazmul Huda, Union Parishad chairman Shakil Ahmed Bulbul, the mill’s Labour Union general secretary Mustafizur Rahman Dulal, UP member Shah Alam were among those charged in the case.

PBI Gaibandha additional superintendent of police, Abdul Hye Sarker, submitted the charge-sheet to Gobindaganj Senior Judicial Magistrate’s Court.

Some charged accused are already behind bars while some others have secured bail, police officials said.

According to the case statement, the Rangpur Sugar Mill authorities in connivance with police, local UP chairman, member and hired goons went to evict Santal people from Bagda farm village on 6 November, 2016, leading to a violent clash.

At one stage, local people, reportedly led by Sugar Mill GM Nazmul Huda and UP chairman Shakil Akand Bulbul, torched houses and fired shots on Santals, leaving three of them dead.

Nine cops were also injured by arrows thrown by Santal people during the clash.

On 21 November 2016, Swapan Murmu and Thomas Hembrom, members of the community, filed a case with Gobindaganj police station in connection with the attack.

Later, the court ordered the PBI to investigate the incident.

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