At least 10 persons including women and a child were injured as miscreants launched attack on a Hindu family in Dashmina upazila of Patuakhali.
The incident took place at Thakurer Haat area in Betagi Sankipur union under the upazila at around 5:30pm today.
Around 50 miscreants, locally known as Jahir bahini, launched the attack on the family of one Khitish Majumer allegedly to forcefully occupy their business establishment, reports our Patuakhali correspondent.
The attacked left 10 persons injured, including six women and one child. The injured were: Khitish Majumder, 60; Sefalee Rani, 80; Jotin Majhee, 70; Lakhmi Rani, 60; Shova Rani, 55; Jopychan, 35; Khokon Majhee, 30; Anju Rani, 25; Lakhmi Rani, 22; Konika Rani, 30; and Kotha Rani, 4.
The injured taken to Dashmina Upazila Health Complex. Later, three of them were shifted to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
Talking to this correspondent, Khitish Majumder claimed that a local influential group has been trying to occupy his business establishment at Thakurer Haat area for several months.
“Around 50 men attacked on us this evening. As we tried to resist them, they assaulted us with sticks and sharp weapons,” he said.
After hearing the screams, locals went to the spot and the gang left the place, Khitish Majumder added.
This correspondent tried to communicate with Jahir, who allegedly led the attack, but he did not receive the calls.
SM Jalal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Dashmina Police Station, confirmed the incident.
On information, a police team was sent to the spot and brought the situation under control, the OC said.
Additional policemen have been deployed on the spot, the official also said
Legal steps would be taken after proper investigation, the OC added.
No case was filed till filing of this report around 10:00pm.