7 Hindu houses ‘torched’ in Satkania

  • Staff Correspondent, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2014-01-17 18:46:48 BdST

Seven houses belonging to Hindus have been allegedly set on fire in Chittagong’s Satkania.

The victims said their houses were torched for voting in the Jan 5 polls.

The attack took place in the Upazila’s Uttar Dhemsha Muhuri Parha early on Friday.

Kongkon Das, one of the victims, said they had been indirectly told not to cast their vote.

A poster had been stuck on walls before the elections, warning that Hindu houses would be set on fire if they went to the polling stations, he said.

Miscreant first set fire to the house of Union Parishad member Haradhan Das, Kongkon said.

The fire broke out around 2.45am, Satkania Fire Service Station Officer Shahadat Hossain said.

One fire engine had rushed to the spot and doused the flame around 4.30am, he said.

Seven houses were gutted, Shahadat said, adding that five of the houses were empty.

The fire service official said some victims had alleged that their houses had been set alight.

An investigation would reveal the picture, he said.

Satkania Police Station SI Osman Gani said nobody was in the house in which the fire first started.

They could not, however, confirm the cause of the fire.

“We have asked the victims to file a complaint with the police if they have any complaint,” the SI said.